SkillsActive is working with a new grouping of outdoor sector stakeholders with a mutual focus on delivering appropriate transitional accreditation arrangements in advance of the removal of statutory licensing.
Following last year’s announcement to repeal the Activity Centres (Young Person’s Safety) Act 1995 (in England at least), the group initially formed as a part of a working group to offer guidance to the Health & Safety Executive on post-repeal arrangements. Significant concerns have galvanised the sector to continue this initial work through the newly named UK Accreditation Transition Group (UKATG). These concerns include:
It is critical that users (local authorities, schools, parents, families, customers) can have confidence in the provision of adventurous activities across the UK. Safety and the perception of safety to outsiders are critical to the sector. In turn confidence, or more importantly the lack of it, can have a dramatic impact upon participation and take-up. The outcomes of this would be detrimental to society, education, the economy and to the long term health of the population.
So far, the group has met twice in 2012 with efforts to date concentrating on:
The group’s membership is drawn from a range of stakeholder organisations with coverage of the diverse range of variables that make up the UK outdoors including the four home nations:
Please check this page regularly for updates on the group’s work.