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Residentials Guidance for England

Updated: 19th July 2021

Based on the guidance issued by the National Youth Agency (for England) from Monday 19th July, residential activities are permitted to take place as follows: 

  1. No restrictions on group sizes for residentials or trips/visits, an unlimited number of young people (of all ages) plus staff are permitted.
  2. For residentials only six individuals should be permitted to sleep overnight in the same space (room or tent).
  3. Multiple groups are possible and may interact with each other
  4. There are no restrictions on travel arrangements due to COVID. Leaders must check guidance in relation to external providers including public transport.
  5. On residentials ALL participants should be tested using lateral flow tests every 48-72hrs (including leaders/staff).
  6. Where travelling to other parts of the UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales) for a residential or trip/visit, local guidance for that region MUST be followed in addition to guidance set out for England.
  7. Following COVID responsible measures is recommended. Measures such as social distancing, face coverings, and hygiene are all sensible to minimise the risk of infection and need to isolate.
  8. A separate risk assessment for residential activities MUST be in place. Groups must follow any additional requirements set by venues including overnight accommodation and any venues being used for specific activities (i.e. need to check venues Covid risk assessment and requirements and incorporate these). See our template  Covid-Ready Risk Assessment for Residentials.
  9. ALL usual Brigade regulations and policies should be followed including Residential Notification form which MUST be submitted to BB Headquarters at least 14 days before. BB Headquarters may request a copy of the completed risk assessment.


Whilst the guidance above permits residential opportunities to take place, it is possible that this guidance could change and/or restrictions could be put back in place (i.e. lockdown). We would therefore advise leaders to keep all financial and contractual obligations under review, to minimise any impact on the Company and/or Young People and their parents/carers if circumstances should change.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Some FAQ’s to help answer some of the most common questions you may have:

Is there any limit on the number of leaders that can attend?
There is no limit to the number of leaders, although we should be looking at this sensibly in terms of what roles are required, all leaders should have a role.

What happens if a young person or leader show symptoms and/or tests positive whilst on a residential?
If a young person or leader shows signs of illness, they should be tested and transported home to self-isolate. Anyone testing positive to a lateral flow test needs to seek a PCR test and return home. If a leader has to return home a decision will need to be made as to whether the residential can continue based on the number of leaders required to run the residential safely. If multiple members of the group show signs of illness and/or test positive, then the whole group should return home.

How do we get enough lateral flow test kits and how should the tests be carried out?
You can collect up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from a local pharmacy/test site or order a pack of 7 rapid tests online. For larger quantities you will need to order these in advance at your local test centre. Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

Young people and leaders need to carry out a lateral flow test before departure and every 48-72 hours during a residential (twice a week). Based on this you will need to ensure you have sufficient test kits to carry out these tests based on the length of your residential. To reduce the burden on leaders to obtain larger numbers of test kits, the pre-departure test could be carried out at home and confirmation of a negative test provided by parent/carer. Testing is only required for those aged 11+. You should also keep a log of all the tests that you carry out.

Can we have additional young people join us as day visitors?
Yes, there are no restrictions on numbers, either those attending the residential or visiting for the day.

Are there any specific guidelines that residential centres or campsites need to follow?
Yes, venues you may be using will be following guidelines issued by Government for ‘Out of school settings’ when it comes to booking and using venues. This guidance can be found at Protective measures for out-of-school settings – GOV.UK.


Further Support

If you have any questions please contact our Support Team on 0300 303 4454 or email support@boys-brigade.org.uk

For more details on our Operating Status and guidance see our Coronavirus Update Page