Legal Statement

Disclaimer: This site is not offered to the home education community in anything other than ‘advice’.

The site and authors take no responsibility for how users of this document interpret or apply the guidance. Users of this guide must ensure they operate within the law, social distancing guidelines and meet their specific duties and responsibilities to stakeholders.

The reasonableness test also needs to be met for any gatherings; it’s not a green light for anything and everything.

It is for each organisational unit, group and individual to make its own local and situational decisions on how to apply the advice included.

This site and authors cannot be held accountable for local decisions reached based on this guidance. Organisations, groups and individuals must ensure they have suitable action plans, risk assessments and be self-satisfied that they have considered all reasonable actions to protect the welfare, health and safety of staff, volunteers, employees and service users.

This guidance does not supersede any legal obligations relating to health and safety, employment or equalities and it is important that as an organisation, group or individual you continue to comply with your existing obligations, including those relating to individuals with protected characteristics. This document contains non-statutory guidance to consider when complying with these obligations.

When considering how to apply this guidance, consider other people as well as your own service users/young people/children. To help you decide which actions to take, you need to carry out an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment, just as you would for other health and safety hazards.

This guidance document has been compiled using Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive. Users should ensure they are using the most up-to-date version of the government guidance and can check this at any time via the live website.

This guidance document has been provided to allow the home education community to draw its own conclusions as to the nature of safe educational activities and appropriate levels and types of activities at any given time.

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This statement was adapted from the wording used by the National Youth Agency (NYA). https://nya.org.uk/guidance/

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