10. Residential Visits

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10.1 Introduction

A residential experience can be an extremely valuable learning opportunity and should be part of the progressive outdoor learning experiences provided for young people.

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10.2 Approval

Residential Visits should be approved by the Head of Establishment before notification to the employer. Advice should be sought from the local authority.

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10.3 Visit Plans

The Visit Leader is responsible for completing a Visit Plan for a Residential Visit.

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10.4 Risk Assessment

It is the responsibility of the Visit Leader to prepare a specific risk assessment for a Residential Visit.

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10.5 Supervision

Residential Visits entail additional requirements for supervision.

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10.6 Information for Parents

Specific information has to be provided in writing to parents.

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10.7 Parental Consent

Parental consent has to be obtained for a Residential Visit. Detailed information has to be provided.

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10.8 Preparing Participants

It is particularly important for a Residential Visit to ensure that participants are adequately prepared.

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10.9 Points to Consider about Accommodation

In the planning stage the Visit Leader should consider various points about the accommodation, both prior to the visit and on arrival.

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10.10 Emergency Details

On a Residential Visit it is important that the Visit Leader has adequate knowledge and information about participants to ensure their well-being.

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