Party Leader Information

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Peace of Mind, Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Anderton Centre creates and maintains an inspiring and adventurous environment that allows us to have a positive impact on the lives of young people, whilst protecting them from harm.

We have completed detailed risk assessments of all aspects of the Centre, including activity sessions and other areas. We review and update these assessments on a regular basis and ensure that children are not placed at risk. Copies of our risk assessments are available to all and can be requested from our team

The Anderton Centre is committed to protecting the safety of children who visit our Centre and ensuring that they are in an environment within which they feel happy and completely safe.

We ensure our safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

We have a rigorous programme of activity session assessments to ensure everyone is working to the highest standard. We also instil an attitude of safety as a state of mind; such that all staff have safety as their highest priority at all times.

Group Sizes

The Anderton Centre operates an instructional ratio of 1 to 10 at all times. We are committed to safety and to personalising all experiences to the highest benefit of the client and are able to be more flexible in our approach to client needs.

We are proud to work closely with Special Needs schools and other smaller charitable organisations who wish to have a more personal and tailored programme. This is where our family style Centre comes into its own.

We can cater for up to 160 on site per day or we can also cater for a more intimate group of 10. We will work with you to provide exactly what you need.

Safety and Staff

All Anderton Centre staff are DBS checked, inducted and trained to the highest levels. Instructors are trained to recognise each individuals own capabilities and will teach to their level and pace. To maintain this standard throughout their employment, all staff are regularly observed to ensure compliance with our health and safety procedures. All activities have rapid access to First Aid trained staff and facilities.

Safety and Standards

The Anderton Centre is assessed annually by RYA and AALA to ensure we are meeting the high standards expected of outdoor education providers. We also conduct rigorous internal health and safety audits and operate comprehensive risk assessments on all activities. Our Centre has full emergency procedures, safety systems and security arrangements.

Safety and Supervision

All of our activities take place in safe secure environments that are appropriate to provide a safe introduction to adventure activities for groups of 7 to 11 year olds.

Our strict supervision policy ensures that children are always accompanied by Centre instructors or their own teaching and support staff. Between 9.00 pm and 9.00 am and at meal and break times, they are supervised by their teachers. Teachers remain ‘loco parentis‘ throughout the visit. Outside of activity session we provide space and activities for the teachers and support staff to self-programme and spend time with their group reflecting on the activities and the learning they can take from the day.

We believe that all groups need down time to help them feel refreshed for the next activity or the next day.

The Centre has clearly defined boundaries with 24 hour CCTV in operation and teacher and party leader rooms are situated close to their students. The Duty Manager and all of our instructors are First Aid trained and are on call throughout the day, with First Aid trained caretaker available overnight.

Safeguarding and Wellbeing

We provide all of party leaders and site visitors ID badges so they can be easily identified. We adopt a ‘challenge no badge’ policy and all of our centres have a sign in – sign out process. We actively encourage young people to voice any concerns and to never be afraid to ask for help.

Emergency Procedures

All of our staff are First Aid trained and procedures are in place for emergency situations. Information will be available at the Centre upon your arrival.

Fire Safety

We conduct a fire briefing with all groups on arrival day, or within 24 hours of arriving on site so all are aware of what to do in the event of an emergency.

Should a fire alarm sound, the priority is to evacuate the building and account for every occupant as soon as possible. To enable us to do this quickly and efficiently, all attending children should be split into groups of no more than 10. All groups to be allocated a Group Leader and in the event of evacuation, all students should line up with their allocated Group Leader to be counted.

With this in mind, prior to your visit we require a completed Fire Safety Form together with the names of your intended Group Leaders. This nominated adult will not be required to stay with their group for all activities, but will be responsible for the group members when reporting to our Fire Marshall.

We will require a copy of each Group Leaders 10 children on arrival, and they should keep a copy of this list with them at all times.

Please add any surplus adults to your fire lists so that we may account for them.

Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct is available in our Information Pack. Please ensure that your group have read and understood this before you arrive at the Centre. Party Leaders are responsible for ensuring all guests abide to the rules during their stay.

Cuisine

We provide freshly prepared, healthy meals. Our menus are all created for healthy living and will vary day-to-day according to the season but there is always a choice of hot and cold dishes, vegetarian options and fresh salad or vegetables. Our meals are served in communal dining areas.

Breakfast; As well as toast and cereals, we can also provide a full cooked breakfast.

Lunch; We typically provide sandwiches or baked potatoes with fillings or soup, fruit and yogurts.

Dinner; A home cooked evening meal, for example pasta bolognese or home-made chicken goujons, followed by a tasty dessert.

We cater for vegetarians, vegans and all types of food allergies and religious food requirements. We ask that you inform our reception team at least 2 weeks prior to your visit to allow our catering team to source the necessary ingredients and produce a suitable menu.

Accommodation

Children sleep in rooms of typically 3-4 beds with all bedding provided and en-suite facilities.

Mobile Phone Policy

Children are welcome to bring their mobile phones, but we highly recommend these are insured. Our insurance policy does not cover personal belongings of our visitors and we are unable to accept any responsibility for any damage which may occur to these during your stay.

In addition, we respectfully request that the following items are not brought to site;

We would also recommend that the following items are only brought in moderation, if at all;

Lost and Found

The Anderton Centre accepts no responsibility for guests’ items lost on site. We will, however, make every effort to locate reported lost items and return them to you subject to a postage and packaging charge. Any items which are left behind, but not claimed are retained on site for a minimum of 4 weeks before being donated to a local charity.

Further Information

We offer wireless internet for teachers which, at their discretion, can be provided to children should they so wish to do so. Please ask our Reception Team for the passcode.

Additional Party Leader information available on request:

Check out the Tips and Advice section for further useful information. The Information Manual will be supplied via email once a provisional booking is made. However, should you wish to see a copy prior to this, please let us know.

Please complete and return the below forms at least six weeks before arrival so that we may plan your programme and allocate dormitories.

Please complete and bring with you your group’s Fire Safety Form.

Pre-Visit Tours

If you would like to visit the Centre prior to your visit, we would gladly welcome you. To arrange this, please contact reception. One of our activity staff will show you around and discuss your requirements.

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