Visits and the threat from terrorism – updated

Emergencies Essential Frequently Asked Questions Planning and Preparation

Over the past few days we have been in touch with the Metropolitan Police, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and the Department for Education to ensure that our guidance on visits and the threat from terrorism is up to date and that it is consistent with what they are saying.

As a result we have updated 6k FAQs: Visits and the threat from terrorism to include some additional advice that we think you will find useful.

You can download the revised guidance here.

Visits and the threat from terrorism

Emergencies Essential Frequently Asked Questions Planning and Preparation

We will all be painfully aware of the terrorist attacks in London on Saturday evening. Following the meeting of the UK’s emergency team (cobra) on Sunday morning, the terrorist threat remains ‘severe’ (it was de-escalated from ‘critical’ during last week). The Home Secretary believes that they have the perpetrators of this attack and the Prime Minister has confirmed that we should stay vigilant and carry on as normal. (Report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321).

Consider every visit as you would normally, deciding what to do about each event on its merit. To assist in the visit planning there is helpful guidance for Visit Leaders on the threat of terrorism, which includes when visiting a major city, venue or event.  See the document here.

As part of your planning, you will be taking into account the natural anxiety of parents, teachers and pupils. If making a decision to postpone or cancel, talk to your provider and insurer and understand the implications for recovery of costs.

Visits and the threat from terrorism

Emergencies Essential Frequently Asked Questions Planning and Preparation

With heightened security in the UK following the Manchester incident, here is a reminder of OEAP’s guidance on planning visits when there is a threat from terrorism – 6k FAQs: Visits and the threat from terrorism.  You can download the guidance here.

Some advisers have been asked what difference does the increased security level make to visit plans?  In its advice to the public, the Government explains how we should respond;
‘Threat levels in themselves do not require specific responses from the public. They are a tool for security practitioners working across different sectors of the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and the police to use in determining what protective security response may be required….Sharing national threat levels with the general public keeps everyone informed. It explains the context for the various security measures (for example airport security or bag searches) which we may encounter in our daily lives.’

It may help also to reassure parents if the visit leader telephones the venue to check about its advice to visiting groups and the measures it has in place.

Financial Support for National Guidance

Essential

OEAP is determined to continue to provide National Guidance, and to keep it regularly updated. We think it is vital that this resource remains free to all who wish to use it.

We therefore welcome offers of financial support from organisations committed to providing freely-available guidance in support of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom. This support is offered altruistically as it confers no influence or control over any aspect of NG beyond contributing to its continued existence.

OEAP is therefore pleased to announce that the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has joined the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) and the School Travel Forum (STF) as organisations who have agreed to contribute to the cost of maintaining and updating this resource.

We have added a new page to the “About” tab on the National Guidance home page where we list the organisations who provide financial support for National Guidance.  You can view the page here.

Keeping National Guidance Free

Essential

OEAP is determined to continue to provide National Guidance, and to keep it regularly updated. We think it is vital that this resource remains free to all who wish to use it.

We therefore welcome offers of financial support from organisations committed to providing freely-available guidance in support of outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom. This support is offered altruistically as it confers no influence or control over any aspect of NG beyond contributing to its continued existence.

OEAP is therefore pleased to announce that the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and the School Travel Forum have agreed to contribute to the cost of maintaining and updating this resource.

AALA to be retained

Essential

A report published by the Government this week states that Ministers have decided that there remains a place for the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). The Improving Health and Safety Final Report says that this is because it is important that parents and other carers of children can have confidence that activity providers are following good safety practices.

AALA will therefore be retained.

You can find the report here

 

DBS checks for exchanges and home stays

Essential Legal Framework Specialist activities and visits

Following the publication of DfE statutory guidance (and its supplement) we have revised the National Guidance documents on Vetting and DBS checks and Exchanges and Home stays. The legal position is complicated, but we hope that our revised guidance will help you to determine when a DBS check is required and when it is not.

You can download 3.2g Vetting and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks here, and 7f Exchanges and home stays here.