Most childhood memories of camping involve undercooked, or burnt sausages and cold baked beans. We join The Bushcraft Company camp where kids are encouraged to forage for and prepare their meals, giving them a real sense of how great the great outdoors really is.
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Health & Safety

The benefits of outdoor education are well known and it is widely considered to be an excellent way to aid the development of young people. We aim to reduce risk to the lowest reasonable level and whilst this cannot be eliminated entirely, the safety of students and staff is of paramount importance to us. A full Health and Safety pack will be sent to you upon booking, and you may request to see our policies, procedures and risk assessments at any time. Our Safety Management System consists of five main components:

Accreditation

As an organisation that works with young people we are inspected and members of a number of governing bodies, which include:

BAPA (British Activity Provider Association). BAPA sets the standard for Quality, Safety and Value for activity centres and residential and day camp providers.

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is the national voice for learning outside the classroom. This organisation ensures that the quality of our outdoor education provision meets their stringent standards. Our certificates are available to download below and will also be sent to you upon booking.

  • Boughton Woods: Cert No. R2QB104292 and expires on 23rd November 2020

  • Castle Howard: Cert No. R2QB104291 and expires on 10th September 2020

  • Cholmondeley Castle: Cert No. R2QB103808 and expires on 17th October 2020

  • Cornbury Park: Cert No. R2QB104290 and expires on 21st June 2020

  • Penshurst Place: Cert No. R2QB103807 and expires on 17th October 2020

Adventuremark  is a non-statutory safety scheme devised by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) for providers of adventurous activities that are outside the scope of the Adventure Activity Licensing regulations.

  • Cert No. AAA101205 and expires on 21st June 2020

Our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of Health and Safety is further reinforced by our ongoing membership and communication with:

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

  • Membership No. M110582449 expires 31st January 2020

Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) 

  • Membership No. 9223 and expires 1st April 2019

  

People

We are committed to the following employment and training practices:

  • Employment and assignment of competent staff with the right skills, qualifications, training and character to work with students. This is specific to each course type.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously Criminal Records Bureau checks) for all staff.

  • Referencing off all staff

  • In-house training courses for all staff

  • External training of staff to national levels

  • All camp leaders have current first aid training that is specific to the outdoors

  • Ratios of staff to student are specific to the activity

  • Regular monitoring of staff

  • External expertise and advice from our retained H&S expert, a Medical Adviser and other Technical Advisers

  • Full time Safeguarding officer

  

Locations and Activities

We operate under the following protocol:

  • All activities are designed to be appropriate to individual age groups

  • All venues are fully risk assessed

  • All activities are fully risk assessed

  • Qualified arborists inspect the safety of all woodland sites

  • All programmes are flexible to account for student ability and weather conditions

  

Resources

We are committed to providing the following standards of care:

  • All activity equipment is inspected and used for its intended purpose

  • Food is procured from reputable sources and stored safely

  • Food hygiene is controlled by trained staff. Our kitchens are inspected by the food hygiene agency, currently giving us a rating of 4* ratings.good.gov.uk/business/en-GB/870272/The-Bushcraft-Company-Ltd-Finstock

  • Comprehensive first aid kits and emergency medical kits, designed by our Medical Adviser, are 
nearby on all courses

  • Our comprehensive insurance policy (10 million public liability) ensures that groups are fully covered for the duration of our courses

  

Process, Procedure and Communication:

  • Regular pre-course communication with schools

  • Pre-course visits are available for school staff in the UK

  • Our detailed H&S policy is available upon request

  • Comprehensive risk assessments are available on request for all of our programmes

  • Risk assessments are regularly monitored and reviewed

  • All programmes comply with Local Authority safety guidelines

  • Incidents are managed through a detailed incident, emergency and communication plan

  • Our H&S protocol is regularly reviewed through a formal process