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Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children

Published: 7 Dec 2020
Last updated: 4 Jan 2021 - see all updates

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children
Working environment

Working environment

From Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland will move from Level 4 to a temporary Lockdown. We have produced updated guidance for this new lockdown period.

Where a workspace is shared with other organisations or rented from a landlord, individual organisations maintain responsibility for developing risk assessments for staff and volunteers whilst carrying out their duties.

In addition to this, organisations should discuss their individual needs and requirements with landlords or contractors responsible for developing the risk assessments to ensure individual and collective requirements with regard to the health and safety of staff, volunteers and users are reflected in risk assessments for shared premises. This includes but is not limited to cleaning regimes, hygiene, physical distancing, use of face coverings and health considerations of staff, volunteers and service users.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA), your relevant enforcing authority (for how you control the risk of coronavirus) will be either:

  • the Local Authority (LA) Environmental Health Service
  • the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The relevant enforcing authority is listed for all types of premises. Enforcing authorities will apply the same requirements.

The broad nature of services and activities for children and young people that are not regulated, brings unique considerations for staff and volunteers working across the sector. It is therefore important to comprehend the role of individuals and organisations and the working environments where these services and activities take place. It is equally important to recognise that advice related to protecting staff and volunteers and service users across the sector should be interpreted from multiple guidance documents.  Indoor activities are not permitted at Level 4.

First published: 7 Dec 2020 Last updated: 4 Jan 2021 -