Trips, Outings & Visits Policy

Raising Explorers believe that visits and outings play an important and enriching role in the programme of activities that we provide for children.

A Risk Assessment will be carried out for any trip. This should include consideration of the journey, any transportation involved, and contingency arrangements in case of breakdown, illness etc.

The centre manager will request all relevant information and a Risk Assessment statement from the venue (where available). Risk Assessment findings will be shared with all those attending the trip.

Raising Explorers will ensure that the activities planned are covered through Raising Explorers insurance.

Raising Explorers will make every effort to involve children in the planning of visits and outings. Staff will explain to children the purpose of the trip, along with what is expected of them in terms of their behaviour.

Children will be talked through any potential safety hazards and told to remain with staff at all times.

All children will be given a sticker/badge/wristband with Raising Explorers name and contact number. Staff will explain to children what to do in an emergency, including designating a suitable meeting point.

Parental Consent

Raising Explorers will only allow children on a trip when permission has been granted by parents.

Parents have the absolute right to withhold consent for a proposed visit or outing. Children without consent will not be allowed to participate in off-site trips, excursions or outings.

During Visits & Outings

The minimum ratio will be 1 staff for every 8 children under 8 years of age; a similar ratio should be applied for older children. Where appropriate and all children are over 11 years of age a ratio of 1 staff for every 10 Children may be applied; subject to the nature of the activity and Risk Assessment.

Before setting out, all staff involved in the trip hold a meeting to discuss the trip and safety procedures. A trip leader will be appointed and will have overall responsibility whilst off Raising Explorers premises.

Children will remain under close supervision at all times.

Raising Explorers will ensure that a First Aid kit is on hand and a First Aider is present.

Designated staff will take mobile phones with them at all times and their numbers will be circulated to the Site Co-ordinator in advance of the visits and outings in case of an emergency.

A register will be taken as necessary and regular head counts will be made by staff.

A list of all staff and children participating in the trip or outing, along with relevant mobile phone numbers, will be taken with the staff leading the trip and a copy left on Raising Explorers premises.

After Visits & Outings

Staff will carry out a review of the trip to identify the following

This Policy was adopted by Raising Explorers on 1st April 2024

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