All the outdoor sites at Goodwood are busy working sites and the utmost care should be taken when visiting with groups of children. We take Health and Safety very seriously and can offer schools our own site risk assessment to assist in formulating their own, but strongly recommend that teachers visit the site before bringing their pupils.
If the weather is very windy then visits to the woods may have to be cancelled or transferred to the farm, as we cannot guarantee that branches will not fall. Some activities in the woods, such as shelter building, can be hazardous. Instructions from the staff member are based on their knowledge of the activity, the site and the conditions relating to that day.
Farm Visits and Woodland Activities
Visitors to Home Farm will be issued with additional guidelines from the Health and Safety Executive entitled ‘Avoiding ill health at open farms – advice to teachers’, which must be followed. Following recent E. coli 0157 outbreaks on other farms, we have reviewed our site risk assessments and policies. All visitors are briefed prior to the visit and on arrival. The farm information pack CD includes detailed advice.
The Education Officer carries a first aid kit and is able to contatc the main office and emergency services if required. Teachers are advised to carry a mobile phone and ensure there is an adult trained in and responsible for first aid. Please ensure any emergency medication for children is brought on the trip.
Farm visits and most of the woodland activities are carried out in groups of 15 – 20, so extra Education Guides are employed to ensure both the safety and the educational quality of the visit. Following the visit, the school is sent an evaluation form with the invoice. All educational visits are covered by the £100M liability insurance held by the Goodwood Estate Company.