Adventure Activity Accreditation. Update October 2010. Statutory Licensing. 1993 Lyme Bay canoeing tragedy. 1995 Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act. 1996 AALA commences inspections 2007 HSE assumes full control of AALA
1993 Lyme Bay canoeing tragedy.
1995 Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) Act.
1996 AALA commences inspections
2007 HSE assumes full control of AALA
The cost of a license is £715 for 2 years and this is anticipated to increase to £800+ next year.
AALA receives £500,000+ in a subvention.
Activity Centres (Young Persons’ Safety) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
In force – but regulations have not been created and no authority created
2006 - DCSF commissioned AAIAC
2008 - Report from AAA’s accepted
2009 - Adventuremark was launched
Management, operating systems and personnel appropriate to the scale and nature of adventurous provision and its intended target population
Staff are competent
Risks are identified and appropriately managed
Access to appropriate technical advice exists
Agreed operational procedures are implemented, regularly reviewed and responsive to changing events and circumstances
Internal and external communication is effective
Provision reflects the needs of targeted client groups and individuals
Safety critical equipment, facilities and services are fit for purpose
2008 The Council for learning Outside the Classroom launched the “Quality badge”
Aim was to reduce requirement on teachers to check that providers were compliant.
Route 1 – Low risk
Route 2 – Higher risks / management required
Access to Farms (ATF)
Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC)
Field Studies Council (FsC)
School Travel Forum (STF)
Expedition Providers Association (EPA)
AAIAC manages Adventuremark and LOtC badge for adventure activities through a managing forum.
AAIAC contracts the delivery of these to 3A’s.
The cost of Adventuremark is £750 for 2 years with a top up of £200 in year 2
Addendum to the business case completed – only option to implement GB Scheme.
SNI will provide funding to AAIAC to help cover costs of training / workshops, the development of the badge, additional costs for inspections in NI, the work of the managing forum and IT requirements.
NITB has also expressed an interest in the scheme – but had indicated that in year they have no funding to contribute.
“Good health and safety is vitally important. But all too often ….extended inappropriately…
A damaging compensation culture has arisen….
We simply cannot go on like this…..
Lord Young has come forward with a wide range of far reaching proposal which this Government fully supports…
12 sets of recommendations from Compensation legislation to RIDDORAdventure trainingAbolish the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority and replace licensing with a voluntary code of conduct ….. That the HSE will oversee and monitor.HSE will ensure that that those planning trips can feel confident that a provider is compliant with the code.