3. Roles and Responsibilities

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3.1 Introduction

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees.

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3.2 Employer’s Responsibilities

Details of the main roles for employers.

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3.3 Heads of Establishment’s Responsibilities

Heads of Establishments are expected to follow and implement this guidance to ensure their responsibilities are fulfilled and that outdoor learning experiences and off-site visits can occur frequently and regularly and are managed safely.

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3.4 Visit Leader’s Responsibilities

Visit Leaders will consult with and seek advice and guidance from their local authority and Head of Establishment with regard to up-to-date agreements about practice and procedure in off-site visits.

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3.5 Visit Assistant’s Responsibilities

Visit Assistants, including parents and carers, as well as volunteers working for service providers, have an important role in supporting and enabling outdoor learning experiences and off-site visits.

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3.6 Parents’ Responsibilities

Parents should be able to make an informed decision on whether their child should participate in any visit.

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3.7 Participant’s Responsibilities

Details of the responsibilities of participants.

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