THIS REPORT RELATES
STIRLING COUNCIL TO ITEM
ON THE AGENDA
COMMUNITY COMMITTEE COMMUNITY SERVICES
24 April 1997 NOT EXEMPT
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES LICENSING LEGISLATION - REQUIREMENTS FOR
1.1 To propose Draft Policy and Procedures for Outdoor Adventure Activities
organised by services in Stirling Council in line with the Outdoor Adventure
Activities Licensing Regulations introduced in 1996.
2.1 The report provides information relating to the Legislation and Licensing
2.2 The report proposes systems and procedures to be adopted by Stirling
Council to meet the requirements of the Legislation.
3.1 To agree to a draft policy for the provision of Outdoor Adventure Activities
across Stirling Council.
3.2 To agree draft Management systems and procedures for Outdoor Adventure
Activities, appropriate to each service.
3.3 To continue cross service working to ensure:-
• (a) a co-ordinated approach to the provision of Outdoor Adventure
• (b) the production of a Stirling Council Excursions Policy for other types of
excursions and activities eg: School Trips, Trips Abroad, Residentials.
4.1 Following Legislation, the Activity Centres (Young Person’s Safety) Act 1995,
the Outdoor Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations were introduced in
The purpose of the Adventure Activities Licensing Scheme is to ensure that
good Safety Management Practice is followed in the provision of Outdoor
Activities for Young People.
The statutory scheme is aimed at anyone who provides specific adventure
activities in return for payment, to young people under 18.
The following activities are within the scope of the licence scheme:-
• WATERSPORTS Canoeing, Rafting, Windsurfing, Sailing,
• CLIMBING Climbing,Abseiling, Scrambling
• CAVING Pot Holing, Cave Diving, Gorge Walking
• TREKKING Walking, Running, Mountain Biking, Pony
Trekking, Off-Piste Ski-ing
There are a number of exemptions which do not require to hold a licence.
• provision by voluntary associations for members.
• provision by educational establishments for their own pupils.
• provision for young people accompanied by parent/guardian.
4.5 Current Provision
4.5.1 Outdoor Adventure Activities are provided by the following Stirling
Community Services Sport and Leisure
Education Services Schools
Environmental Countryside Rangers
Housing and Adult Training Centres
Social Work Residentials for Children/Young People
Services in Care
Until 31st March, 1997 most of these services have followed Central
Regional Council’s Excursions Policy Document Procedures.
4.6 The existing Central Regional Council’s Excursions Policy will require to be
updated to ensure co-ordinated procedures to cover other types of excursion
and activities organised by Stirling Council Services eg: school trips, trips
4.7 Updated Policy - Progress Report for Adventure Activities
Stirling Council Sport and Leisure Services applied in July 1996 for a licence.
Since that date detailed documentation has been produced. The main areas
which have been addressed are:-
- Policy Statement
- Aims and Objectives
- Areas of Responsibility and Supervision Arrangements
- Emergency and Safety Procedures
- Code of Practice for Outdoor Adventure Activities
- Risk Assessments
4.8 Consultation with appropriate services and organisations has taken place
throughout. A joint working group was established to consider implications of
the Legislation for all services.
4.9 The Licensing Board will assess the procedures and policies of Stirling
Council on 16th April 1997.
4.10 Depending on the outcome of the assessment the working group will continue
to meet to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the provision of Outdoor Activity
and to formalise systems and procedures.
4.11 An agreed Policy for Outdoor Adventure Activities for Stirling Council will be
presented to the Community Committee on 19th June 1997.
5 POLICY IMPLICATIONS
5.1 To make communities safer.
5.2 To enhance diversity and promote quality services.
6.1 Consultation meetings have been held involving representatives from the
- Environmental Services (Countryside Ranger Service)
- Community Services (Youth Services, Community Support, Stirling
Sports Council, Sport and Leisure)
- Chief Executive Services (Emergency Planning, Health and Safety)
- Housing and Social Services
- Outdoor Activity Licensing Authority
7 RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS
7.1 To co-ordinate the provision of Outdoor Adventure Activities across the
Council there will be an implication in terms of staff time and print costs for all
7.2 In-service training and the provision of Technical Advisers will have a financial
7.3 Assessment Procedure and payment of the licence will have a limited financial
7.4 Total budget will be approximately £3,000.
8 BACKGROUND PAPERS
8.1 Stirling Council’s “Draft” Health and Safety Policy.
8.2 Outdoor Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Regulations 1996.
8.3 Central Regional Council’s Excursions Policy Document.
Name Designation Tel No/Extension
Fiona Irons Sports Development 432265
Name Designation Signature
Helen Munro Director of Community
Date 11th April 1997 Reference