Work experience students count as your employees under health and safety law
This means you have the same responsibilities for their health, safety and welfare as you do for your usual staff.
Check if you can use your existing risk assessment
If you've had work experience students in the last few years, you should have a risk assessment in place already.
You can use this same risk assessment if the new student has:
- A similar level of maturity and understanding (see the section below on how to determine this)
- No particular or additional needs
If the above is not the case, or your school has had significant changes since, you may need to adapt your existing risk assessment, or create a new one.
Discuss the placement with organisers and parents beforehand
Physical and psychological capacity Any particular needs – for example, due