Authorisation For Boarders' External Activities

Child Protection: Vetting individuals with access to pupils

Rishworth School is committed to ensuring all staff, contractors and volunteers who have substantial or regular contact with pupils of the School are comprehensively checked as to their suitability to work with children in accordance with the current legislation.

Our understanding of current legislation is that we do not have a responsibility to complete vetting checks in the circumstances such as those described below on individuals who do not fall into the staff or volunteer category. Nor is it really practical for us to try to effect such checks. This means, that for individuals who are not classed as staff, contractors or volunteers, we do not undertake checks as to their suitability to work with children. Never the less, we do feel that it is important for parents to be aware of these limits so that they have the opportunity to satisfy themselves that the planned activity is safe for their son or daughter.

We strongly recommend that parents and/or guardians contact the individual, family, Club or Association for information about the planned activity such as (but not limited to):

  • Vetting checks that have been undertaken by individuals who will be supervising the child
  • The activities planned and the names and experience of those providing supervision
  • Sleeping / washing arrangments if relevant
  • How many people form the group and their age ranges.

We appreciate that parents of overseas pupils may find such contact difficult and we will therefore suggest parents ask guardians to authorise the particular activity and to be responsible, on behalf of the parents, for making the suitable enquiries described above.

The categories of person the School will ensure are checked for suitability for working with children include :

  • Teaching staff
  • Non-teaching Staff
  • Supply staff
  • Volunteers
  • Temporary staff (including agency staff)
  • Contractors working on site for an extended period of time or on a regular basis (Sports Coaches, Invigilators etc.)
  • Taxi Drivers of the company/companies approved by the School for the transportation of boarders

The categories of person the School will not ensure are checked for suitability for working with children include (but are not limited to):

  • Members of a family with whom a boarder might wish to spend a night away at the weekend
  • Organisers and members of public sports (or other)clubs or groups a boarder might wish to attend off the school site
  • Guardians appointed by parents
  • If parents wish the School to allow their son/daughter to spend time in the company of a person or persons in this second group, the School will require specific authorisation from the parents on the form below


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