Health & Safety


Safety and security are our primary concerns. We take every possible step to ensure the safety and security of our visitors. Ford Castle has welcomed children since 1956 and Château Beaumont since 1996.  We have a record of which we are proud.

Ford Castle is registered with BAPA (British Activity Providers Association) and the AAIAC (Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee) and have the LOtC (Learning Outside the Classroom) Quality Badge for which our centre was rigorously inspected to ensure that we meet the high standards set by BAPA and by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Our site is peaceful and secure. We ensure that your school group is safe and secure at all times during your stay at Ford Castle:
• all our staff wear a uniform;
• a safety talk and fire drill are conducted soon after your arrival.

Ford Castle staff are trained to take responsibility for the safety of the children in their care and to make their stay at the centre both fun and educational.
All our staff are selected for their enthusiasm and experience/aptitude to work with children. DBS checks are carried out on all our members of staff.

All our activity staff are trained to National Governing Body (NGB) standards for activities where an NGB is applicable; all undergo our comprehensive in-house training.

The centre is regularly inspected by the local authorities to ensure its suitability for groups of young people. All the centre’s equipment is regularly checked prior to each use and conforms to all required safety standards.

Our kitchen staff hold relevant qualifications and undergo our in-house kitchen-familiarisation training. HACCP regulations regarding food hygiene, handling, storage, preparation and service are adhered to.

Risk assessments are conducted regularly on all aspects of the centre’s operations.

The first aid room will be made available to your appointed first aider on arrival at the Castle. Should any member of your party need the services of a doctor or hospital, this is readily available and Ford Castle staff will be on hand to help. Amongst our staff there are several First Aiders who can assist with any queries you may have.

All staff are trained in our established Accident and Incident procedures.

AAIAC Certificate

BAPA Inspection Certificate 

LOtC Quality Badge

Onsite Activities Risk Benefits Assessments 2020-2021

Survival Risk Benefits Assessment 2020-2021

Evening Entertainment Risk Benefits Assessments 2020-2021

Off Site Canoeing & Rock Climbing Risk Benefits Assessments 2020-2021

Off Site Excursions Risk Benefits Assessments 2020-2021

Grounds & Site Risk Benefits Assessments 2020-2021

 Certificate of Employers’ Liability Insurance 2019/20