School trips - Who's responsible?

15 Oct 2015

School trips are an exciting highlight of education for young children, but as with anything there is the risk of injury; sometimes serious, sometimes fatal. In the event of an injury away from the classroom, who is responsible?

BLM partner, Sarah Mansfield discusses this in Academy Today.

“All schools have a common law duty to take care of pupils as would be expected by a prudent parent.

“A common misperception from schools, when contracting with third parties to organise activities and events, is that the school no longer controls the supervision and safety of the pupils. Conversely, it actually remains the primary duty of the school to keep the pupils safe from harm, whilst ensuring the educational benefits for their pupils.”

You can read Sarah’s article in full, in the online version of Academy Today.

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to customers of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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