SOAS University of London

Health and Safety

Young Persons/Work Experience

Children of Staff and Students

The guidance document on this page is intended to outline how SOAS manages instances where bringing ones child/children into work is unavoidable. It will provide all school users with an overview of their responsibilities and what SOAS expects from them, in an effort to ensure a safe working environment for all building users.

Also contained in the guidance document is the Permission Form which must completed and signed by both staff/student and head of faculty/manager/supervisor prior to the child or children being brought onto the premises.

Work Experience

Work experience introduces young people to the work environment and can be a valuable part of their education. This guidance gives advice to departments providing work experience placements for young persons at the SOAS.

Work experience is defined as a placement on SOAS premises where a person carries out a particular task or duty, or a range of tasks or duties, more or less as an employee would, but with an emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience (normally for one or two weeks).
Work experience placements can:

  • Provide young people with an understanding of the world of work.
  • Assist young people in deciding what type of career they might want in the future.
  • Improve the personal development of young people.
  • Improve the key skills and employability of young people.
  • Provide a major link between the school, employers and the local community.