Keeping learners safe

Fun amongst the bluebellsFun amongst the bluebells - Photo credit: Emma Bradshaw

Children's safety whilst at Forest School is absolutely paramount in order to ensure all participants have a fun and enjoyable experience.

To ensure children's safety whilst at Panshanger Park Forest School:

  • All sessions are organised and run by qualified Forest School Leaders who hold a Level 3 BTEC Forest School Leaders Award
  • Leaders are experienced environmental educators and have good ecological knowledge
  • Leaders work with individual groups to enable children to create their own Forest School guidelines
  • All leaders are qualified first aiders and carry a first aid kit
  • All leaders have a DBS check (police clearance)
  • Our leader is the senior Designated Safeguarding Officer
  • Sessions run with a high adult:child ratio
  • The Forest School site is risk assessed and pre-visit checks are carried out before every session.  School staff are invited to make a site visit before the learning programme commences
  • All individual activities are risk assessed and any child-initiated learning follows a 'dynamic risk assessment' procedure
  • Forest School sessions are covered by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust's public liability insurance.

Risk assessments

Panshanger Park Forest School Minibus RA
Panshanger Park Forest School site RA

Activity risk assessments

Bird feeders RA
Bug hotel RA
Campfire and cooking RA
Den building RA
Elder beads RA
Meet a tree RA
Minibeasting RA
Natural art RA
Natural music RA
Nature detectives RA
Scavenger hunt and collecting RA
Smelly potions RA
Tree cookies RA
Tree shaking RA
Woolly caterpillar RA