DfE guidance on health & safety requirements for work experience

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Confused about health and safety requirements around work experience placements? Here’s a useful summary for schools from the Department for Education:

Health and safety

Under health and safety law, there is no requirement for a separate risk assessment for work experience students, as employers should already be managing any health and safety risks in their workplaces. To ensure young people have their health and safety protected in the workplace, read Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Young people and work experience guidance for employers.

Employers’ liability insurance

HSE young people at work guidance and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) work experience students guidance explains that if you already have employers’ liability insurance cover, you do not need to buy additional cover for work experience placements, provided the insurer is a member of the ABI or Lloyds. If in doubt, please check with your insurer for any additional cover for other types of work experience for young adults, people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or young offenders.

If you have further queries, please contact Tayah Wood at the Department for Education. Email tayah.wood@education.gov.uk or call 07788 302642 or 0161 600 1309 ext. 721309.