The benefits to young people of being exposed to managed risk are well known. A visit to a Kingswood centre will give students an opportunity to learn first-hand the thrill of the outdoors, with the comfort of knowing they are supported by our excellent safety standards.
Consideration for our visitors' safety runs through everything we do. Our centres are regularly inspected as part of our internal health and safety audit programme, and all of our team, from the CEO through to our teams on centre are always on the look-out for opportunities to improve what we do. We also work closely with outside experts in the fields of activity provision, facility maintenance and health and safety management to ensure we remain at the forefront of accepted good practice.
All of our activity and learning programmes are operated in accordance with strict operating standards that define the minimum requirements for staff qualifications, supervision arrangements, equipment, facilities and appropriate clothing. Individual activities follow a defined session plan and all instructors are regularly observed to ensure they are complying with our safety standards and delivering a quality experience to our visitors. Operating standards also extend to cover our off-site programmes, such as excursions, beach visits and field studies groups. All instructors are trained in our detailed ‘off-site procedures’ which cover everything from boarding a coach to systems for remote supervision. All off-site venues are vetted for their suitability before being used, and all groups visiting an off-site venue take a first aid kit and mobile telephone with them.
Risk assessments form the building blocks for ensuring effective health and safety management at every Kingswood centre, and underpin the health and safety of all school trips. Kingswood operates comprehensive baseline risk assessments for all its activities, which are backed up by centre-specific risk assessments to take into account any local requirements to ensure health and safety is maintained. In addition, ‘dynamic risk assessments’ are carried out on an ongoing basis by the instructor leading each activity to reflect ongoing changes to conditions.
Some higher risk activities, such as watersports, require the provider to prove they meet additional safety standards. The Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) issues licences to activity providers to operate activities that have been externally inspected to confirm they are safe, well organised and risk is being managed. Details of the licenses Kingswood holds can be found here, or at www.hse.gov.uk/aala. Kingswood is a founder member of BAPA, the British Activity Providers Association. BAPA seeks to safeguard standards and be a voice to champion the benefits of activities for young people. Member centres must abide by the BAPA ‘Code of Practice’ and are committed to high standards of health and safety. This commitment is tested during inspections by independent BAPA inspectors. Further details on BAPAs ‘Code of Practice’ and other information can be found at www.thebapa.org.uk.
Kingswood has been inspected and we have proudly been awarded the LOtC Quality Badge for all of our operational centres. Information can be found here www.lotcqualitybadge.org.uk
Adventuremark is a safety accreditation scheme devised by the Adventurous Activities Industry Advisory Committee on behalf of the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Adventuremark compliments the Quality Badge scheme that supports the Learning Outside the Classroom manifesto, and confirms that providers of adventurous activities that are outside the scope of statutory licensing regulations have been inspected against nationally agreed and recognised standards. Information can be found here www.adventuremark.co.uk
Health and safety policy - general statement
Health and safety management policy