FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

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.

Risk-Benefit Approach

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.

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