We have amended National Guidance document 7b Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions to include more detailed guidance on the management and supervision of unaccompanied expeditions.
You can download the revised guidance here.
We have updated 4.5a Transport – General Considerations to include advice on choosing the most appropriate form of transport and to include advice on parents providing transport. We have also updated 4.5e Hiring a Coach to include a link to Government advice.
You can download both from the Good Practice section of National Guidance.
We have amended 7r Overseas Visits to include advice about visits to countries where there is a risk of crime or terrorism.
6k FAQs: Visits and the Threat from Terrorism is now a straightforward FAQ, referring you to other sources of information.
We have received feedback that the fill-and-sign PDF versions of the model forms: 8b English Homestay Information Form and 8p Provider Statement cannot be saved once filled in if you are using an un-updated version of Windows 7 or earlier.
We have therefore created Microsoft Word versions of both documents: 8a English Homestay Information Form – Word Version and 8q Provider Statement – Word Version.
We have amended the National Guidance document 4.4h Using External Providers and Facilities to point out that the limit of public liability insurance for providers that hold the LOtC Quality Badge can be found on the Quality Badge website.
We have also changed 8p Provider Statement so that the questions about public liability insurance are directed only at providers that do not hold the Quality Badge.
We have amended 7f Exchanges and Homestays in response to requests for more clarity about monitoring and supervision on homestays. The amendments have reflected our thinking in recent updates of 4.4h Using External Providers and Facilities (seeing homestay hosts as providers) and 4.2a Group management and Supervision (more clarity about roles and responsibilities).
We have updated the document 4.2a Group Management and Supervision to be clearer about how important it is that leaders and helpers fully understand their roles and responsibilities. A new section explains the roles of Visit Leader and Activity Leader, and gives guidance on leaders working together or alone, and on parents as leaders
You can download it here.
We have updated 3.2g Vetting and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks to better explain that there are costs involved with all DBS checks, including those for volunteers such as homestay hosts. We hope that this gives greater clarity to the arrangements in the DfE document Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018.
You can download the revised document here.