Outdoor Education


All of our regulation and guidance documents are now available at www.hampshireoutdoors.com.

If you do not have access to this site please contact our office: outdoor.education@hants.gov.uk / 01962 876218

The documents available on-line include two which form the employer regulation, guidance and advice, for four councils, Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council and West Berkshire which present a very clear statement of requirements:

  • Off-site activities and educational visits: regulations and guidance

  • Safety in adventurous activities

  • 'Green book'

    front cover of 'green book' document

    This document offers significant support to school, youth and voluntary groups in managing the process of off-site, educational, residential and adventurous activities. It advises on the need to properly assess and manage risk as well as identifying individual roles and responsibilities.

  • 'Pink book'

    Pink book

    This document has been prepared to actively support and clarify your involvement in adventurous activity.

  • It focuses on:

    • Approval systems
    • Planning and managing visits, including those overseas
    • Supervision requirements in different outdoor contexts
    • Equal opportunities and inclusion strategies
    • Child protection requirements, including guidance on communicating with parents
    • First aid requirements
    • Transport, including minibus requirements
    • Accident, incident and emergency procedures to be followed.
  • It offers:

    • A risk-benefit management system for outdoor and adventurous activities
    • Current guidance on recognised adventurous activities, e.g. climbing and sailing, as well as on newer activities such as kite flying and bushcraft
    • Advice about activities that have grown out of the outdoor approach to learning, e.g. problem-solving and team-building
    • A list of agreed activities - those with a personal development or education component - that will be covered by Council employer insurance and indemnity.

Other documents found on hampshireoutdoors.com include good practice guidance on a range of topics such as Behaviour Management in the Outdoors and Working with Young People Over Time.