Health and Safety
FSC is passionate about the health and safety of all its visitors and aims to function in a safe and secure manner so that visitors can focus on fully immersing themselves into the environment and their chosen activity. With over 70 years of experience we have been able to establish effective policies in all areas where sensible care and attention is required and these policies are reviewed continuously.
We support the risk-benefit approach to risk assessment for our outdoor activities that has been adopted by both HSE and RoSPA. The benefit of taking acceptable intellectual and physical risks can be seen in the growth and development of young people.
We are committed to the delivery of High Quality Outdoor Learning and we appreciate and assess the risks associated with delivering over 3 million learner hours of outdoor learning every year. A detailed risk assessment for activities and locations is undertaken which forms the basis of a dynamic approach to assessment by trained staff whilst in the field.
We know that we cannot remove all risk so we adopt control measures to mitigate risks to an acceptable level. Remaining risk is weighed against the academic and personal benefit of undertaking the activity whether it be a formal education programme, adventurous pursuit or informal learning and outdoor play.
We support the OEAP National Guidance for the management of outdoor Learning and have aligned our internal processes and procedures to be consistent with this where applicable. See their advice on access to risk assessments here.
Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
All of our Centres have been awarded the Quality Badge by The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom for school groups.Each Centre achieved the badge by demonstrating that they consistently deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences to school groups and manage risk effectively. This means that teachers do not have to assess them and therefore have to complete less paperwork for their local authority.Some of our Centres are also providers of adventurous activities and where it is required these Centres are additionally accredited through AALA.
The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code
Field Studies Council is a proud supporter of the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code which is re-launching with a new website on the 8th April 2019. This free downloadable resource will help improve the provision of sun protection of all who work outdoors with children. The campaign was devised by the Melanoma Fund in 2014 and is partnered with the Youth Sport Trust, the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and Coaching UK, and is supported by the UK's leading sport and outdoor organisations. Full details on how you can get involved will be coming soon
FSC Operating Codes of Practice
Our Operating Codes of Practice can be viewed online.
OCoP L2P Risk Assessments for Educational Activities
OCoP L2.1P Generic 'Out of Classroom' Risk Assessment
OCoP L2.2P Generic 'Environment' Risk Assessment
OCoP L2.3P Generic Non-AALA Activity Risk Assessment
OCoP L2.4P Generic AALA Activitiy Risk Assessment
OCoP L4.2P Groups Under Remote Supervision [GURS]
OCoP L4.3P Geological Fieldwork Code
OCoP L6P Educational Activities/Customer Information
OCoP L6.1aP Vist Agreements - School Group Leaders
OCoP L6.1bP Visit Agreements - Coorodinators
OCoP L6.1cP Visit Agreements - Parent/Guardian Consent
OCoP L6.2P FSC Behaviour Standards
OCoP L6.3P Obtaining Remote Supervision Permission
OCoP L6.4P Externally Provided Activities
OCoP L6.5aP Recreational Swimming/Natural Water Bathing
OCoP L6.5bP Recreational Swimming/Natural Water Bathing Guidance Information
OCoP L6.5cP National Guidance 7o Natural Water Bathing
OCoP L6.5d National Guidance 7x Swimming Pools
OCoP L6.6P Known Outdoor Diseases