Planning ahead for child safety on school trips

From preschool to secondary school age, effectively organised outings can form an everlasting impression on students and can be fun as well as highly educational. However, at times, there are risks involved and accidents do happen.

So, what steps can you take to ensure an enjoyable and incident-free time away from school? And how can wristbands help prevent a problem on your school trip?

Consent and Risk Assessment.
Communication between Teachers, Parents and Kids.
Use of Wristbands in the event of a problem.
Planning your route.
Setting a meeting point.
Supervision on the day.
Adequate first aid.

Consent and Risk Assessment

If your trip will be taking place far from the school grounds, it will be necessary to inform parents of the exact location of the visit. After consent forms are returned, you will be able to carry out an accurate risk assessment based on the number of students and the activities they will be taking part in.

Communication between Teachers, Parents and Kids

Although teachers and parent supervisors may be well versed on the schedule for the day, it’s vital to ensure that the children are aware of what exactly they will be doing for the duration of the trip.

Before you set off, spend time going through what activities you have planned and if you will be using public transport, making sure they know which trains or buses you will be taking.

Children are more likely to cooperate with you during travel if they are confident in their surroundings. If they happen to find themselves lost from the main group, it may also be easier for the authorities to identify your location if the child knows too!

Use of Wristbands to prevent a problem

Nowadays, purchasing personalised wristbands for school trips has never been easier and more inexpensive. By ordering in advance, you can ensure that the children will be easily identified, and your school quickly contacted. Younger students might not be able to memorise their parents’ phone numbers or address, therefore making wristbands a more cost-effective and reliable alternative.

Our children’s ID wristbands come in a variety of high-visibility colours and attractive designs which can be used to convey key information such as addresses and allergies. The School ID Tyvek Wristbands come in one adjustable size and can be ready printed with your school’s name and emergency contact number. The Tyvek material is incredibly durable and water resistant, so the bands can even cope with the changeable British weather!

Our Child Safety Wristband can be ordered in small or bulk quantities. Similar to the School ID Tyvek Wristbands these bands are also suitable for all weather wear

and are manufactured from a soft, synthetic material for comfort. You can personally fill out more specific details such as your accommodation/room number for overnight trips and contact number. If your child has any food or drink related allergies, you can also write this information in the space provided.

Planning your Route

When visiting busy cities, travelling in crowded areas may be unavoidable. However, when planning your school trip, it may be worth considering taking alternative routes through side streets or avoiding rush hour altogether.

Young children in particular, can struggle with crowds and may find hordes of people or vehicles disorientating and uncomfortable. This can be avoided by contacting parents beforehand to find out whether any students require any special help in such situations. You can also consider hiring alternative modes of transport or travelling specifically during off-peak times.

Setting a Meeting Point

If your trip is centred around a particular location, such as the British Library, identify a memorable object or feature where they can wait for a teacher to come and collect them.

If the area is complicated to navigate, it is relatively easy to supply the students with an image of the meeting point that they can use when asking for help.
Make sure your meeting point is in an open location and is secure and away from traffic.

Supervision on the day

In the week leading up to the outing, ensure that you have enough teachers or volunteer parents to help you out on the day. Depending on how many students will be on the trip, you should aim to have an equally appropriate number of staff members to chaperone.

Be sure that there is someone available to accompany students to the bathroom and other staff members to keep count throughout the day. Make sure they are easy to identify, with bright clothing or a bright lanyard to separate them from the general public.

Adequate First Aid

Before your trip, make sure that your team of supervisors are well-versed on what to do in medical emergency situations. There should be a designated First Aider in the group, and it is recommended that you bring a First Aid kit along.

If there are any students with special medical requirements, consider informing students of their condition, as well as staff, so that they can keep an eye out for them. It can also be advisable to use a plain colour wristband and use a marker pen to write on any allergies or medical conditions the child has. Contact the visiting location in advance to ensure that the site/activities are fully accessible if you have students with disabilities!

For more information about health and safety on school trips, take a look at these sites:

Health & Safety on School Trips
Health & Safety for School Trips and Educational Visits
Health and Safety on Educational Visits

If you’d like further information on children’s wristbands for school trips, contact the team here at ID&C today.