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SAFETY FIRST

Our Committment

We are committed to children and youth having fun, safe adventures and experiences in the context of nature and animal assisted therapy and social emotional learning experiences outdoors.

Purpose

Nature and animal assisted therapy and outdoor social emotional learning experiences always carry some element of risk to people, animals, and the environment, including local ecosystems. This policy outlines how we plan for safety and minimize risk.

Safety First Policy

1. We empower our team and children and youth to be leaders in safety, for themselves  others, and the environment including protecting both the animals in our care and local ecosystems.  We do this by nurturing their self awareness and a sense of interconnectedness.

2. Identifying and managing risk is an essential aspect of our activities. We ensure our team puts safety first and continuously identifies and manages risk.

3. In all of our activities we support learning through experience and build the capacity of children and youth to consider the impact of actions and activities on themselves, others and the environment. We believe that identifying and managing risk as an essential life skill.

4. We use the 360 Sensemaking process and the horse safety guideline as tools to facilitate self awareness and identify and manage risks.

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5. We believe most incidents are preventable; therefore, we learn from incidents, so we can prevent them from happening again.

6. We care about each other, animals and the earth and we discuss safety in terms of the impact of activities on people, animals, and local ecosystems.

7. We provide resources and supports to help plan safe, fun adventures and activities in the context of nature and animal assisted therapy and social emotional learning experiences outdoors.

Related Standards
  • First Aid Standards

  • Safety Equipment Standards

  • Outdoor and camping tool standards

  • Animal Activity Standards

  • Water Safety Standards

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