Work experience placements in schools: example risk assessments and guidance

Find examples of risk assessments for work experience students from a school and a local authority. Also, get guidance on the things you need to consider as a placement provider.

Last reviewed on 29 January 2020
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  1. Example from a school
  2. Example from a local authority
  3. Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  4. Assess risks to pupils

Example from a school

Heaton School, a maintained secondary special school in Stockport, has a model risk assessment for work experience students and volunteers (see pages 10 to 12 of its volunteer policy).  

It identifies risks including: 

  • Transport 
  • Toilets 
  • Fire 
  • Students not following professional guidelines
  • Medication
  • Safeguarding

Example from a local authority

Oxfordshire County Council has a template risk assessment for work experience students to help you, as an employer, to consider the needs of a young person. 

There's also a work experience induction checklist.

These can be found on pages 4 to 7 of its work experience health and safety toolkit

Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Use your existing arrangements for assessing and managing risks to young people Discuss the placement with the organisers in advance, and take into account what they and parents tell you about the student’s physical and psychological capacity, and any particular needs they have When you