3. Roles and Responsibilities

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.

3.2 Employer’s Responsibilities

Details of the main roles for employers.

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.

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.

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.

3.6 Parents’ Responsibilities

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

3.7 Participant’s Responsibilities

Details of the responsibilities of participants.


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The content of this guidance is in line with advice from the Health and Safety Executive and has been developed in partnership with Education Scotland.