Health & safety

A great concern to us is the health and safety of our groups. We use our safety management system to promote safety awareness to our suppliers and staff.

Travel information

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office covering health, security, local laws, passport and visa information as well as much more click here www.gov.uk/fcdo

We recognise that travelling on ferries or through airports with large groups can be difficult, and we pay great attention to getting you to and from resort safely, comfortably and efficiently. From European and transatlantic flights to executive coaches, and channel crossings by ferry, every part of your journey is carefully planned, and fully checked to ensure it meets stringent Health and Safety standards laid down by the School Travel Forum. If not, then we don’t use them. It’s as simple as that.

Our health and safety policy lays out our commitment to safety when organising our operations. This is achieved in part through our supplier audits, which are regularly completed to School Travel Forum guidelines, to make sure that our transport, hotel and excursion suppliers are in line with national safety standards and are appropriately documented.

We're aware of the challenges party leaders face when running educational tours, so to ensure your trip is as safe as possible, we are happy to support you with Health & Safety information to deal with other safety planning issues. 

Health & Safety booklet

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Health & Safety Policy

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Safeguarding Policy

Equity Safeguarding Policy and Procedure 2021

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Assured Membership

School Travel Forum  

Equity is a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), a leading group of school tour operators who promote safety and good practice in school travel. 

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Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)  

Equity Inspiring Learning Ltd is accredited by the LoTC and has been awarded the Quality Badge. This recognises that we have demonstrated a commitment to supplying tours and trips of educational value. 

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Please click here for further information about our STF and LOtC accreditation.

ABTA Members 

We are members of ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents), membership number V5376. More information about ABTA, its code of conduct and the arbitration scheme available if you have a complaint can be found at www.abta.com 

ABTA Checklist for Disabled and Less Mobile Passengers.

 

ATOL Protected 

The air tours in our programme are protected through our ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence), number 2680, which is given to us by the CAA.

Our Coaches

Our coach operators are well established and reliable, whether chosen by us or supplied by trusted agents. All undergo an audit to make sure they provide a high standard of vehicles and drivers, which are both trustworthy and safe. Seat belts are available on all UK coaches, but this is not always the case for overseas coaches. We do however try to employ coaches with seatbelts whenever we can. Audits are carried out in accordance with standards set by the School Travel Forum.

Our accommodation

We do our very best to choose properties that are suited to school group accommodation and audits are carried out on all the properties featured on this website. These cover all essential safety concerns, such as food hygiene, fire and pool safety, and security. The audits are carried out in accordance with standards set by the School Travel Forum.

Coronavirus procedures

Until further notice, we have put in place specific procedures for the safety of all our groups and as part of our normal business operations. Typically, these procedures may include but are not limited to: 

  • Social distancing measures (currently 2m in England but this varies from country to country); distancing can be for example in guest dining areas with one-way systems and use of a same seat policy throughout trips. 
  • Personal hygiene measures are encouraged for staff and guests throughout their trip i.e. frequent washing of hands and/or use of numerous hand sanitisers in key locations and touchpoints, luggage handling procedures and single-use headsets. 
  • Effective sanitisation measures and regular sanitising of hand touchpoints and luggage, sanitisation confirmation stickers, contactless payments, contactless or off-site check-in/out points. 
  • Cleaning and disinfection measures for guest accommodation, coach cabins and seating areas which are cleaned with effective COVID-19 chemicals. 
  • PPE (personal protective equipment) measures will be provided by Equity and face masks to be worn within accommodation areas, onboard flights, public transport and coach hire are essential. 
  • Limited capacity/attendee measures at public gatherings and in enclosed spaces. 
  • Health check measures procedures in place on-site to regularly symptom/temperature check guests and staff with possible isolation/quarantine measures in place for any suspected infection.

Please refer to our Health & Safety booklet for more information. 

Up-to-date travel information for your destination can also be obtained from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

We hope the information provided above answers any queries you may have, but if there is anything else we can help you with please feel free to contact us online or call 01273 256 934 and our expert Account Managers will be happy to help.