FAQs for parents, carers and social workers

British Exploring Society is a world class youth development charity with a unique heritage, founded on the belief that challenging experiences can change lives, empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.

For parents and carers, we know that it is a big decision for your child to join an expedition programme and this page should help you answer some of the common questions we have received.  

Getting started

Parent testimonial

"Have faith in British Exploring Society, put your own fears aside and allow your child to be the one to challenge and develop themselves as individuals. It is an amazing opportunity." Read more here 

What are the costs?

Headteacher testimonial

"Having opportunities like this really brings learning to life and inspired young people to develop their talents.”

Entry requirements

Parent testimonial

"This has been life changing for my son. The young man we picked up at the airport was so different from the one we dropped off 3 weeks earlier – so confident, mature, content and proud." Read more here


For over 80 years British Exploring Society has been running challenging and adventurous expeditions to remote, wilderness locations both in the UK and abroad. The safety and support of our explorers, volunteers and staff is fundamental to our work and is always our first priority. A commitment to safe practice and appropriate risk management is what allows us to travel to remote locations and to support adventurous activities.

To manage risk on our expeditions:
● Our expedition programmes, Policies and Standard Operating Procedures are planned by experienced expedition professionals and reviewed by an external panel of technical advisors.
● We recruit the best, most competent and experienced leaders, including expedition medics for our expeditions. After a rigorous interview, selection and assessment process we build balanced and skilled teams with a leader to explorer ratio of at least 1-5.
● All expeditions are appropriately staffed with qualified medical professionals consistent with the nature of the expedition, and all leaders undergo courses in expedition and advanced first aid.
● Our Leaders receive further training in addition to the qualifications and experience required at selection. This covers technical and specialist skills, safety and crisis management, continuous dynamic risk assessment in a field environment as well as child protection and safeguarding.
● British Exploring Society adheres to comprehensive Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures; all staff undergo a thorough screening before being appointed including reference checks and completion of an enhanced Criminal Records Check with the Government’s Disclosures and Barring Service.

We operate responsibly and to a high standard, but this does not of course remove all risk. We would remind all parents, carers and participants that any outdoor activity carries risk. This is detailed carefully in the Explorer Contract, and it is important that you read this closely before signing it.

If we have not answered some of your questions, please get in touch with the team via expeditions@britishexploring.org for more information.  

Explorer testimonial

"Wow! What an expedition. This has undoubtedly been the best 5 weeks of my life." Read more testimonials here