Lone working

Changes to staffing requirements for out of school clubs, which came into effect in September 2014, mean that it is possible for clubs to have only one member of staff on duty. Whilst we would never advocate operating at the statutory minimum of one member of staff to 30 children, in some situations it can make sound financial sense for a club to have only one member of staff on duty due to low child numbers, even if it's only for part of a session. However, if you do decide that having only one member of staff makes sense financially, you must ensure that you are properly prepared. This article examines all of the implications of lone working at out of school clubs, and provides a template policy, risk assessment form and checklist.
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