The Head of Establishment, who approves each visit, should match the demands of the different levels of off-site visit to the competencies and experience of individual staff who may be interested in participating in off-site visits.
For routine off-site visits in the local area or to local facilities no additional competencies over and above those of a competent professional working on site should be required.
For residential visits, Heads of Establishment should decide who is competent to lead. However, staff may need experience of routine visits and of assisting with residential visits before acting as leader.
For overseas visits, Heads of Establishment should decide who is competent to lead. However, normally, staff will need experience of the above two types of visit and of assisting on an overseas visit before taking the leadership role.
For adventurous activities, the Head of Establishment should decide who is competent to lead. Staff should have competence in leading routine off-site visits. However, there may be a need for certain other defined competencies and skills for some adventurous activity visits. Advice on this must be sought from the local authority.
The Head of Establishment will ensure appropriate management arrangements are in place prior to the visit.