Who Supervises Children on a Residential Trip?

Our experienced and qualified staff members are committed to providing exceptional care and guidance.

As a parent or guardian, it can be difficult putting the safety of your children in someone else’s hands. A residential trip may be the first time you are away from your child overnight, and we know how hard that can be. That’s why we’ve pulled together some information on supervision during residential trips.

Government supervision guidelines

The UK government provides comprehensive guidelines on ensuring the appropriate supervision during regulated activities involving children. They emphasise the responsibility of the organisation and other individuals to prioritise the safety and well-being of children by implementing effective supervision methods.

It’s important to consider factors like age, maturity, and other individual needs when deciding on the appropriate levels of supervision. There must be suitable staff-to-child ratios and staff must be adequately trained and experienced in providing supervision to children during activities.

Teacher-to-student ratios

Prioritising individual attention and personalised care is very important during residential trips. For most activities, children are usually placed into groups of no more than 15. This ensures each child receives proper supervision and guidance from dedicated staff.

Supervision policies

Having a supervision policy ensures that children are always accompanied by instructors. Organisations will ensure that, all children are supervised properly during activities. There will also be certain times when children are supervised by their teachers. This ensures a consistent, responsible adult presence at all times.

Young boy high-fiving a Kingswood instructor during a bushcraft activity.

Secure boundaries and CCTV monitoring

Having secure boundaries during a residential trip creates a safe and controlled environment for everyone. Some centres are even equipped with CCTV for enhanced security and monitoring.

Experience and qualifications

Staff members who help out during residential trips are carefully selected for their expertise, experience, and passion for working with children. At residential organisations, instructors undergo rigorous training in areas like first aid, activity instruction, and child safeguarding. Their qualifications and dedication ensure children receive the highest level of care and supervision throughout the trip.


Safety is the utmost priority during residential trips and organisations will ensure appropriate measures are in place to ensure your child is suitably supervised. At Kingswood, our experienced and qualified staff members are committed to providing exceptional care and guidance, ensuring that your child's well-being is well looked after throughout the trip.