According to information provided by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), there were only two prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive as a result of incidents on school trips between 2005 and 2010. As thousands of school trips take place every year, this demonstrates the effectiveness of measures being taken by head teachers and their staff to keep children safe on trips away from school.
In addition to the obvious liability for negligence, school governors and members of staff are at risk of criminal prosecution for breaches of health and safety regulations on school trips. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide comprehensive advice and support to schools around the country, and although business owners or event organisers are often widely criticised for using excessive health and safety measures, this accusation is not often levied at schools.
The reason for this could be that everyone is united in wanting to keep children safe no matter what the financial and administrative costs. Parents and members of staff are prepared to tolerate onerous ‘red tape’ in order to achieve that aim, with risk assessments forming an integral part of school trip preparations.
One of the top personal injury claim advice companies in the UK are Accident Advice Helpline, a spokesperson from which agreed that although health and safety measures can be time-consuming, they are vital in keeping our children out of danger. He went on to say: “Health and safety risk assessments form the backbone of school trip procedures, with much work going into these trips before the children have even set off. School governors and staff are obviously doing something right, as the RoSPA figures show.”
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