TRAINING ASIDE, YOU MUST ENSURE THAT YOU ARE COMPLIANT WITH THE LAW AND CONSIDER ALL AREAS SUCH AS DATA PROTECTION, HEALTH AND SAFETY AND PARENTAL CONSENT. WE HAVE PROVIDED A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE KEY AREAS YOU MAY NEED TO CONSIDER BUT BY NO MEANS IS THIS LIST EXHAUSTIVE.
The majority of organisations who care for children will usually have their own system in place for obtaining consent, but if you do not have this, you should consider creating a consent form and ensuring this is signed off by the participants parents, guardians or carers before they enrol onto the course.
Public Liability Insurance
Public liability insurance provides cover against claims made by members of the public who have suffered injury or damage to property in connection with your business. On occasions you may be asked to provide proof of your public liability cover. This is to assure your customer that you have a suitable level of cover for the nature of the work you are being asked to do.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. You can request a ‘basic disclosure’ personally by completing a simple application form through the relevant Government website:
England and Wales: http://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record
Northern Ireland: http://www.mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/apply-for-basic-disclosure/
Health and Safety
You must comply with all applicable health and safety legislation to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the participants and anyone else involved.
We have provided you with a health and safety checklist to ensure the venue is suitable and sufficient before the course starts. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publishes a wealth of resources and guidance documents to ensure you remain compliant with the law. Please visit www.hse.gov.uk for further information.
You must ensure a qualified First Aider is present or available to administer First Aid where appropriate. You should be made aware of any medical conditions and/or allergies which participants may suffer from before the course starts, in case of an emergency situation.
You must follow rules on data protection if your business stores or uses personal information.
This applies to information kept on customers and course participants. You must make sure the information is kept secure, accurate and up to date.
Certain rules for data protection came into force on the 25th May 2018, in the form of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Detailed information on the changes can be found here: www.ico.org.uk