Conducting home visits safely

Know what is best practice when planning a home visit, so you can make sure staff are carrying out home visits safely. Plus, see examples of risk assessments.

Last reviewed on 6 December 2023
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  1. Decide on the purpose of your visit
  2. Carry out a risk assessment
  3. Tips for keeping staff safe on home visits

Decide on the purpose of your visit

Why you are planning to visit  Is it to build relationships? Is there a safeguarding element to it? Is the school best placed to visit or would another agency be more appropriate? Whether a visit is needed This will depend on the specific context – sometimes a phone call, message or meeting may be best, but if there's a safeguarding concern or it's important to meet a parent or child in their own familiar setting, a visit may be more appropriate There are times when written communication is important, so you can refer back to exactly what was said Who is the best person to visit Should this be a class teacher, a member of support staff, a senior leader? Do certain staff already have a good relationship or need to build one with the family? When the visit should take place Are there times when parents/carers are more likely to be

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