Supervision Ratios

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A leader should avoid being left alone one-on-one with a vulnerable person.
It is always recommended to have at least two adult leaders present at every ministry event/program.
Suggested supervision ratios for low risk onsite events are:

  • preschoolers 1:5
  • primary age 1:7
  • youth and vulnerable adults 1:10

(Note: Due to the variation in support needs between different people who have a disability, a ratio of 1:4 is recommended).
Where the risks in the activity increase the supervision should also increase.
It is not appropriate to count a junior leader i.e. a helper under 18yrs, as a leader for supervision purposes.
SRE teachers should ensure they never leave a class unsupervised, even at the end of a lesson.