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Key points Ten Tors –an outstanding educational programme
Commitment –from all involved
Competence and supervision
Risk assessment and management
Information and training
Changing Our Futures –Devon County Council Outdoor learning provides powerful opportunities for young people to develop confidence, to learn to live and work with others and respond to challenges. As a consequence young people are more physically active, are better able to recognise and manage risk, stay safe, adapt to changing conditions, solve problems and become more independent.
Supervision – Mountain Leader Training England The two most important factors in any situation are:
The person who has overall responsibility for the group
The qualifications and competence they possess that may assist them with any difficulties.
Competence and Supervision
Competence and Supervision: South West Mountain and Moorland Leader Training Scheme (a regional scheme recognised by MLTE)
Walking Group Leader Award (MLTUK)
Mountain Leader Award (MLTUK)
Equivalent training and assessment through the services or other bodies
Recognition by a suitable technical expert
Recommended minimum competence for a group leader Summer Moorland Camping Leader (SWMMLTS)* or
Walking Group Leader (MLTUK) or
Summer Mountain Leader (MLTUK)
*Plus Winter Moorland Walking Leader if snow or ice is present or forecast –or adjust plans to use suitably sheltered locations off the moor
South West LA Outdoor Education Advisers Panel
Further information and training events www.mlte.org
www.devonldp/outdoor 01822 890761 Devon LDP Outdoor Learning Centres: Leadership Training
Risk assessment: Three levels Generic
Ten Tors requirements
LA guidance and policies
Risks associated with your training programme and group. Re-assess at the beginning of the season.
Adapt to the particular conditions at the time
Is the risk acceptable? If not, what do I need to do?
Accidents and incidents: Department for Education Accidents are often linked to:
Water (speed, depth, temperature, quality, supervision)
No on going risk assessment
No Plan B
A combination of factors working together
Remote Supervision A staged progression:
Accompanying a group
Shadowing a group
Checking at various times and venues
Occasional contact via pre-arranged locations and venues
Young people must have the necessary skills, experience, ability and judgement: training
Be prepared to change plans if conditions require
How do your procedures stand up to a serious incident? Do you have adequate first aid cover?
Can you contact the emergency services efficiently and effectively if needed?
Does your planning and equipment stand up to a severe test?
Do you have adequate staff to cope?
Do you have information about participants to hand?
Can you cope with the aftermath of the incident?
Significant risks? The minibus journey to and from the moor; tiredness or overcrowding
Swollen streams or rivers (where young people are not trained)
Unexpectedly hot, wintry or stormy conditions (where plans are too ambitious or the group is ill-prepared)
Stoves which are mis-used (through poor training or lack of training)
Significant risks? (Continued) Walking on roads–and not visible to traffic
Groups lost or separated (and ill-equipped or untrained)
Inability to cope with an incident
Inadequate supervision (too remote, too soon, too many)
-and finally Adventurous activities cannot be completely risk free -and they benefit young people
The vast majority of young people who participate in adventure activities do so without incident or injury
Sensible planning, managed by competent people interested in the development of young people are the priorities
Ten Tors is a great event –let us keep it that way