announced today by young people and learning minister Ivan Lewis.
Speaking at the Brathay Youth Conference in Ambleside, Cumbria, Mr
'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
'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
-Produce an easy-to-use handbook for group leaders on the
practicalities of visit supervision;
-Agree with local authorities standard good practice in overseeing
-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.'
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
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.