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Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children

Published: 7 Dec 2020
Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for the safe running of organised activities for children and young people.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children


Physical distancing, hand hygiene, and risk reducing measures will be essential in each area to ensure public and workforce confidence and reassure service users.

As restrictions are eased, the emphasis will continue to be on personal responsibility, good practice and informed judgement. You can find the latest  information on Coronavirus in Scotland on our website.

The aim of this guidance is to support providers of unregulated, organised activity for children and young people under 18 years to identify the risk of  transmission in providing their service and help them identify measures reflected in national guidance, which they can then apply to  reduce this risk sufficiently so that the activity can be delivered as safely as possible.

It is also to ensure that the risk of exposure to the virus is minimised r users of indoor and outdoor services and activities for children and young people (discrete from school and regulated settings for which separate arrangements apply as set out), , including:

  • for those who are employed or volunteer
  • for children and parents using them
  • for other visitors such as, for example, trainee volunteers and delivery persons or contractors

This guidance is not exhaustive and providers must continue to operate within the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure the health and wellbeing of children and parents while they are using their service

It is intended to assist service providers, staff and volunteers, and their users, as they reopen their premises and resume face-to-face contact securely and in line with national and local guidance.

This guidance will provide key principles for consideration and is not intended to promote a 'checklist' approach. Providers should exercise their judgement to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of their staff, children and families is paramount, taking account of local circumstances and the overall recommendation to reduce to a minimum the overall number of direct contacts to continue suppression of the COVID-19 virus.

Measures put in place to comply with this guidance must not contravene health and safety or other legislation: for example, fire doors must not be left ajar to increase ventilation.

Providers must continue to adhere to all such duties when implementing this guidance.

Service providers, their staff and volunteers must make themselves familiar with COVID-19 advice available from Public Health Scotland (PHS) before the service reopens or activity takes place. It is important that the most up-to-date guidance is used and that managers, staff and volunteers are knowledgeable about current guidance. Always access guidance online wherever possible and check regularly for any updated advice.

The guidance that should be consulted includes:

  • HPS: COVID-19 Non Healthcare Settings guidance which provides general information on the background to COVID-19, symptoms, general principles of infection prevention and control and health protection measures and what to do if someone becomes unwell on site
  • NHS Inform which has a wide range of useful public facing information including information on symptoms and what to do
  • Test and protect website from Scottish Government that contains information on how to get tested and what you need to do
  • Returning to work safely which has details of current sectoral guidance and further sources of advice for organisations and workers
  • Healthy Working Lives website which provides examples of risk assessment templates and other practical tools for organisations and workers
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) COVID-19 guidance as this will be referred to by HSE inspectors to assess compliance

This guidance remains under review and may be updated

First published: 7 Dec 2020 Last updated: 19 Jul 2021 -