This page draws together a number of documents, guidelines and links that have been posted elsewhere by the Institute, forming a suite of additional information that may be of use to member-guides. Click on the subject titles to access the relevant information.
This covers policies and procedures that the Institute recommends to help keep children safe and respond to child protection concerns. It is based on advice about such statements from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and guide training course modules. Further information on Safeguarding, including training courses, can be found here.
A number of guides are giving talks or virtual tours on social media and want to use images from the web sites of relevant museums or galleries, or photographs which they have taken in those museums or galleries. Questions have been raised about copyright, and this guidance has been produced to help assist.
People considering taking a guided tour may understandably have concerns about their health and safety. The Institute of Tourist Guiding, the British Guild of Tourist Guides, the Association of Professional Tourist Guides and the Driver-Guides Association have created the Covid-19 Guidance for Tour Guiding.
A sample COVID-19 risk assessment that member-guides may add to their guiding toolkit. The risk assessment template is just one component of the appraisal carried out for any tour covering, for example, the clients, sites, itinerary, and any other hazards.
Many people are feeling anxious about the Coronavirus Pandemic. NHS 111 is under pressure dealing with calls relating to the virus. The NHS website, www.nhs.uk, has details of mental health services available in each borough. The Mental Health Support Services page allows you to find these services through a postcode search.
The linked resources are intended to support colleagues anxious about their situation, and has been put together by the British Guild of Tourist Guides Benevolent Fund. Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines and linked support groups can offer expert advice.