Advice, regulations and guidance

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Safety in PE and school sport

The guidance in this document applies to all Physical Education (PE), sport, recreation and play activities that:

  • take place on Hampshire Country Council and Children's Services sites
  • are part of the curriculum, extended curriculum and out-of-hours learning
  • are within school and community education provision, and in the youth service

Activities must take place:

  • in a safe, supportive environment
  • without undue danger of injury
  • without inhibiting a participant's natural tendency to be adventurous and independent

The publication is for:

  • teachers, leaders, instructors, coaches or volunteers within any school, college, club or centre which runs sports activities
  • those responsible for the school, college, club or centre, such as headteachers, principals, governors and heads of centre

Specific regulations within this document must be observed as they reflect good and accepted safe practice. These regulations are highlighted in bold.

Failure to follow these regulations may leave Children's Services, the institution and employee open to a claim of negligence in the event of an accident. If it can be shown that the regulations and guidance in this document have been followed, it is easier to refute charges of negligence.

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If you have an SLA with us then you can access 'Safety in PE and School Sport' on EVOLVE.

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If you do not have an SLA, you can purchase a copy for £45. Contact outdoor.education@hants.gov.uk.

Adults Supporting Learning (ASL)

Volunteers and paid coaches are a vital part of the provision for Physical Education and school sport in Hampshire. It is important to support their development, provide appropriate training opportunities and value the contribution they make.

An information booklet has been produced setting out what schools and ASL should know before they start working in schools or colleges. The guidance:

  • helps ASL working with young people to keep themselves safe, and safeguard children's rights
  • advises schools/colleges on the steps to take for the safe deployment of ASL in an educational setting

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Driving minibuses

In most cases, staff must have D1 entitlement on their driving licence before they can drive a minibus. Those who passed their car driving test before 1997 received this D1 entitlement automatically. Drivers who passed their driving test from 1997 onwards will only have category B entitlement (cars and vehicles up to eight passengers).

There are two routes for drivers with category B entitlement.

If you have an SLA with us, further information on minibuses is available in the 'Off-site Activities and Educational Visits Regulations booklet on EVOLVE.

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First aid

The school, college, club or centre is expected to have a readily available first-aid system for effectively dealing with injury should it occur. Staff who teach PE and school sport activities must be aware of the first-aid provision in their workplace.

Specialist PE teachers and youth leaders should know how to:

  • perform external chest compression and mouth-to-mouth ventilation
  • deal initially with fractures, shock, burns, bruises, grazes, bleeding, scalds, bites, stings, excessive heat and hypothermia
  • treat a severe haemorrhage
  • decide whether an injured child or young person should be moved
  • decide when to leave more serious injuries, such as fractures, spinal injuries or dislocations, to an expert medical team
  • use the lifesaving equipment available at swimming pools, such as recovery aids or advanced resuscitation equipment

First Aid courses

The qualified person in charge of a group of children and young people working off-site, including playing fields, must have training in First Aid situations and have access to a First Aid kit.

Outdoor education training courses – including First Aid courses

First Aid equipment

One person in any school or PE department must be responsible for ensuring that first aid equipment is maintained and ready to be used at any time.

All staff, children and young people should:

  • know where the equipment is
  • have access to the telephone numbers of the nearest doctor and casualty department

This is equally important when working off-site, away from your main teaching base. If off-site first aid provisions are unknown, take a first aid kit with you.

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