Health and safety
Hampshire Outdoor Centres have Service Management Instructions relating to all aspects of our health and safety management. Activities are conducted in line with operational procedures which underpin the safety of all Centre activities and are a product of ongoing risk assessments. These procedures are the criteria which are followed when training, assessing and monitoring our staff.
Hampshire County Council recognises the legal requirement to ensure that its employees are adequately competent or under the close supervision of someone who is competent while working for the County Council. All staff will either hold a relevant National Governing Body qualification, or a statement of competence signed by an appropriately experienced and qualified person consistent with the requirements of the Licensing Authority.
We provide all necessary safety equipment and protective clothing during your stay, including harnesses, helmets, wetsuits and buoyancy aids.
Our kit lists are a guide to what we would recommend you bring but please consider the time of year and weather forecast!
Special educational needs and accessibility
Hampshire Outdoor Centres deliver inclusive outdoor education programmes. We have adapted most activities so they meet the needs of people with physical or other needs. All our centres have accessible bedroom and bathroom facilities. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in advance, or to ask any questions. We will plan the best experience possible for students with special educational needs.
We invite you to visit any of our centres in advance, to see the facilities and discuss options.
Medical forms and consent
Group Leader’s must ensure that they have obtained fully informed (parental for under 18s) consent for the group members to attend Hampshire Outdoor Centres before arrival. Parents/guardians and visiting staff should accept that, by their nature, adventure activities may involve some level of risk which cannot be fully eliminated.
A small fund is available to provide financial assistance to children to help fund a visit to our outdoor centres. Funding can cover:
- residential and non-residential visits
- costs directly charged by the centre
- tuition, activities, and excursions provided by the centre