Education Visits and Adventurous Activities

Lincolnshire county council establishments such as schools and Children’s Services now use Evolve for educational and off-site visits. Evolve is an online document management and approval service with uploaded forms, integral checklists and safety protocols. Training is required for Visit Leaders, Educational Visit Coordinators (EVCs) and Heads. Off-site visits require a minimum 4 week lead in time (ideally 6 week); the Visit Form requests details, travel arrangements and purpose with a chance to upload documentation like parental letter/email, itinerary and risk assessments.

Activities are represented in 3 main categories:
1. low risk: the risk of significant harm to participants is unlikely and where any control measures are easily managed by supporting adults such as ten-pin bowling, exit games or theatre trip
2. High risk: a real risk of significant harm to participants and where control measures usually require experienced and/or qualified instructors for example judo or karting
3. Adventurous: activity providers offering caving, climbing, trekking and watersport activities for children and young persons are required by law to hold a licence issued by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA)

High risk and adventurous activities both have significant risks if not carefully planned and controlled. The main distinction is in regard to activity approval; high risk is approved by the Head of the establishment (school or Children’s Services) whereas adventurous activities require LA approval through Evolve.

Adventurous activities include:
- Climbing: rock climbing, abseiling, ice climbing, gorge walking, ghyll scrambling, sea level traversing, high and low level ropes courses
- Watersports: canoeing, kayaking, dragon boating, wave skiing, white-water rafting, improvised rafting, sailing, sailboarding, windsurfing
- Trekking: hill-walking, mountaineering, fell-running, orienteering, pony trekking, off-road cycling, off-piste skiing
- Caving: caving, pot-holing, mine exploration
- Challenges and Skills: archery, quad bikes, assault courses, mountain boarding, initiative exercises

Evolve now treat trampoline parks as ‘adventurous’ and will only approve visits for trampoline lessons with a qualified instructor in a ‘designated area’ not for public use. Residentials and overnight stays are also treated as ‘adventurous’ due to the increased safeguarding risks to children.

High risk activities include:
- Beach and coastal safety
- Riverside/lake walks
- Combat sports: boxing and martial arts
- Motor sports: karting, quad bikes
- Wheeled sports: cycling, mountain biking, skating and skate parks
- Horse riding and pony trekking
- Trampolining
- Swimming
- Fencing
- Ice-skating
- Fishing
- Theme parks
- Weight-lifting

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Last updated: 14 November 2017

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