Supervision levels will vary depending on the children's age, gender, behaviour and the abilities within your group.
They will also vary depending on:
- the nature and duration of activities
- the competence and experience of staff involved
- the requirements of location, accommodation or organisation
- any special medical needs
- any specialist equipment needed.
Carry out a risk assessment of the activities you are planning, taking these issues into consideration. This will help you make decisions about how many adults you need and what skills and experience they should have.
You need to know whether adults are eligible for a vetting and barring check and be clear about any additional safeguards which need to be put in place. For example:
- ensure adults who do not meet the criteria for a vetting and barring check are being supervised at all times
- make sure all adults who have contact with children understand and agree to follow your safeguarding policy and procedures.
If you’re working within the performing arts and children are being chaperoned you should make sure the relevant licences are in place.
Staff and volunteers need to have:
- an understanding of their responsibility to keep children and young people safe
- clear procedures to follow if they have a concern about a child's wellbeing
- insurance for certain activities
- codes of practice which they understand and agree to follow.
Parents who attend activities with their children should not be used to supervise other children unless they have been recruited into the role, undergone the necessary checks and had the relevant child protection training.