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Forest School Health and Safety

Forest School Health and safety.

Emergency procedure.


First aid.

The Forest school leader holds a current Forest School First Aid certificate.

Minor injuries will be treated by a first aider at the forest school site. Cuts, stings, grazes, etc. These will be recorded in the Forest school accident/ near miss form. Larger cuts, bumps and burns pupils may return to the school so they can be cleaned and monitored fully. Adult helper or another child to walk with child back to the school office. Record in the accident book.

More serious injuries the Forest School leader with be responsible for the casualty until professional medical assistance arrives. A Forest School helper will use the walkie-talkie to call for assistance, giving details of incident and casualty, location including grid reference and best access point. Adult to meet medical assistance at access point.

All activities will stop and children return to the log circle if a serious event happens. They will be supported by an adult helper. Another adult may be called down to site to assist. Children will return to school and be supported if needed.  

The forest school leader will carry the first aid kit, burns kit, accident book, medical incident record sheet, walkie-talkie, location details, torch and whistle in the emergency bag to every Forest School session.


Fire procedure

Before lighting a fire at Forest School all safety measure procedures will have to be followed as written in the fire risk assessment.

All fire safety equipment must present before a fire is lit.

No fire will be lit in extreme dry or hot conditions.

The direction and speed of the wind will be assessed every time. The learners are encouraged to be part of this process.  

If a fire becomes out of control, a long whistle will blow and the words “FIRE, FIRE, FIRE,” will be shouted. Everyone is to walk out of the forest school area calmly assisted by the leader and helpers. Walk to the playground, leaving tools and equipment safety on the ground. Stand at the KS2 fire assembly point on the playground. A head count will take place to check everyone has accounted for. 

A fire evacuation practice will take place before the first session with a fire.

An adult will call the office on the walkie-talkie for assistance, giving details of location of the fire and the best access point. Adult to wait for fire engine at access point.


Missing child.

A register will be taken at the start of each session.

All children must inform an adult before leaving the forest school area when going back to the school during sessions.

If a child is noticed to be missing from the group a call back to camp will be initiated,” 1, 2, 3 COME BACK TO ME”. Learners will return to the log circle returning tools and equipment safely. A head count will be done by an adult while another adult will scan the area.

If a child is still missing then another call out, 1, 2, 3 where are you, with name of the missing child?” If no response the forest school leader will take a wider look for the child taking a whistle, walkie-talkie and first aid kit with them.

The group will remain seated at the log circle until the child is located and returns to camp or until they are taken back to the school.

A whistle will be blown if the child is located and needs assistance. If medical assistance is needed the leader will also radio the school office for help.

If the child is not located straight away then we will radio the school office to check if the child has returned to the school building. If the child has not been located within 15 minutes from this call then a phone call to parents/police will take place.


Child leaving site.

If a child leaves the school site of their own accord, a member of staff will keep watching them as long as possible and keep communication open using non-judgement language.

Encouragement to return, using non- violent communication.

Four step communication, observation, needs, feels, request. 

If the child shows no sign of return, a call to the main school to ask for assistance.

If the child re-enters the school grounds they will be able to re-join the group again. Reflection conversation with child to asses why they left. Support given. Non-judgemental.


Intruder on site.

If an intruder is spotted then all children will be called back to the fire circle and taken to the playground or back into school.

A member of staff will radio the main school to inform them of the intruder and ask for assistance.

Do not approach the intruder but communication with the intruder at a space distance to assess reason for entry to the school grounds. Keeping radio open with the main school.





Forest School General Risk Assessment Sheet