Child Protection Policy: Appendix 7 - Guidance for staff when dealing with work experience students

February 2005

Some members of staff will, from time to time, be required to work with young adults from 15-18 years of age.

It is recognised that the schools and colleges expect young adults undertaking work experience placements to develop independence, responsibilities, and the ability to make their own decisions and to apply learning.

It is also recognised that it is not practical, or necessary, for work experience students to be supervised or accompanied by two or more staff at all times. However, it would be consistent with the tenor of this policy, for the welfare of the young person to be paramount. Therefore, to enable both the Museum staff member and the work experience student to have a positive experience the below mentioned points should be borne in mind:

If you are spending time alone with a student, consider:

  • Ensuring that another Museum staff member knows your location and the proposed activity
  • Ensuring that the door is left ajar or that there is a clear view into the room/exhibit through a window
  • If travelling alone in a vehicle with the student, ensuring that another member of staff knows where you are going, what you are intending to do and the estimated duration of your journey

At the start of any placement you should take some time to explain the format of the placement, including place and conditions of work and ensure that he or she is comfortable with the proposed arrangements.

You should also ensure that the student has had adequate time to discuss the proposed plans with their college, school, parent or guardian as appropriate.

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