Requirements for a safe and enjoyable visit
The group leader’s responsibility
To ensure a safe visit, Nigel, the group leader and other adult helpers, with a ratio of at least one adult per eight children, will be expected to take an active part in the visit and will be entirely responsible for discipline, safety and overall control of the group. Specific group requirements should be made aware to me prior to the visit.
I, the group leader will instruct the children on the correct behaviour expected of them during their visit, for their own safety and for the safety of the other children in the party, children failing to do so may be excluded from the activity.
Wilderness Watch will undertake the risk assessments required and request parental/guardian consents should be obtained before the visit, in case first aid has to be administered.
For school groups the Local education Authority should lay down the maximum ratio of students to supervisors. It is the group leader’s responsibility to ensure that the students are wearing appropriate footwear and clothingfor the conditions. Weather conditions can change rapidly and forest sites are often muddy – advice should be sought if in doubt. The group leader must also inform all accompanying adults that they need to wear appropriate clothing.
The forest is a working environment. The group leader will ensure that the warning signs and instructions from Forestry Commission/Wilderness Watch staff are heeded, areas where work is in progress are avoided and the group is kept together. In case of an accident, the group leader and visiting staff will be on hand to give any information about special requirements.
The group leader will be responsible for ensuring that at least one supervisor has a basic knowledge of First Aid. The primary responsibility for rendering First Aid lies with me, the group leader. Accidents, whether requiring treatment or not, must be reported to WW staff.
The school or other group, through the LEA or other insurance, as appropriate, will indemnify Wilderness Watch against all claims arising from any loss or damage, or injury or death to participants and any third parties arising from the educational visit and will, during the period of the visit, maintain an insurance policy with a reputable insurance company for an amount of not less than £5 million in respect of any one claim. The amount of such insurance shall not limit the liability of the school, group or LEA to Wilderness Watch.
The group leader is responsible for ensuring all litter and lunch packaging is taken away with the groupand that no damage is caused to the environment or site facilities. Please NO DRINKS CARTONSWITH STRAWS. Thank you.
Wilderness Watch responsibilities
During a visit, Wilderness Watch, will co-ordinate the activities of the group and will advise the group of any particular known hazards on the day of the visit.
Nigel is trained in first aid with The Red Cross and has a first aid kit at his disposal. In an emergency, Nigel, will co-ordinate assistance.
Wilderness Watch staff have the discretion to exclude from the visit anyone who is not properly equipped or fails to comply with other conditions listed above.
Wilderness Watch Cancellation Policy
As weather conditions can change rapidly, leading to hazardous conditions in the forest, Wilderness Watch reserves the right, in extreme cases to cancel up to 2 hours prior to any activity. Normally, a minimum of 24 hours prior to the activity would be an acceptable cancellation period for both parties.