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NEW GUIDELINES TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON SCHOOL TRIPS

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Enhanced practical guidance on safety during school trips was ...
Enhanced practical guidance on safety during school trips was

announced today by young people and learning minister Ivan Lewis.

Speaking at the Brathay Youth Conference in Ambleside, Cumbria, Mr

Lewis said:

'The tragic deaths this summer of pupils on school trips have shocked

and saddened us all. I want to extend my condolences to those

families who have lost a loved one in such dreadful circumstances.

'We must always be willing to learn lessons when things go wrong and

review existing policy. However there is a danger that we act

precipitately. I don't want to do that. We already have strong

measures in place but of course I want to listen carefully to those

most closely involved.

'Many dedicated teachers and youth workers take thousands of children

and young people on trips each year. It's an important part of

children's education and development and we don't want to stop this

happening.

'The practical changes I am announcing today will improve existing

guidance by building on the department's good practice guide Health &

Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits and the Health and Safety

Executive's Five Steps to Risk Assessment

We will:

-Produce an easy-to-use handbook for group leaders on the

practicalities of visit supervision;

-Agree with local authorities standard good practice in overseeing

visits;

-Clarify the legal powers and duties of local authorities and

schools under existing health and safety legislation

-Produce a common set of standards for those who lead adventure

activities but who are not subject to the Adventure Activities

Licensing Scheme. 'This package of work will be focused on schools,

but will also be relevant to those working in the statutory and

voluntary youth sectors.

'We will be involving and consulting outdoor adventure experts,

school staff associations, the Health and Safety Executive and other

organisations and experts on the preparation of this material during

the course of the autumn term.

'We will make the results available in booklet form and on our

website. In due course, the material will be incorporated in a

revision of Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits.'

NOTES

1. Government guidance - Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational

Visits is available from DfEE Publications, PO Box 5050, Sudbury,

Suffolk CO10 6ZQ. Telephone 0845 60 222 60. Quote ref: HSPV2. The

booklet advises on good practice for teachers, governors and local

education authorities involved in arranging and supervising school

visits.

2. Five Steps to Risk Assessment is available from HSE Books, PO Box

1999, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 6SF. Telephone 01787 881165. Code number

ISBN 0 7176 1565 0. Also available on the website.

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