Health and Safety

We take health and safety and the welfare of our clients very seriously indeed.

All tool use and fire lighting is carried out in a very strict and controlled environment. We have a high adult supervisor to participating child ratio.

There will always be at least one First Aider on site with a current 3-year First Aid certificate. All staff have a current Health and Safety at Work qualification, and of course a Food Hygiene certificate if they are a food handler. No staff or volunteers without an up to date DBS check will be permitted to be left alone with children at any time.

We are fully insured. All sessions will be led by a fully qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and all staff and volunteers are trained in the activities which they are leading.

Each site is risk assessed before any session and every activity has its own risk assessment.

We have a comprehensive, detailed and in-depth operating and policy manual which clearly sets out working practices and procedures for all staff and volunteers to follow and covers every conceivable eventuality. This of course also includes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. It is updated and reviewed annually or as necessary. It is available for clients to view upon request.


Under GDPR, all personal data obtained and held by us must be processed according to a set of core principles. In accordance with these principles, we will ensure that:

a) Processing will be fair, lawful and transparent

b) Data will be collected for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes

c) Data collection will be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes of processing

d) Data will be kept accurate and up to date. Data which is found to be inaccurate will be rectified or erased without delay

e) Data is not kept for longer than is necessary for its given purpose

f) Data will be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of personal data including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage by using appropriate technical or organisation measures

Confidentiality Policy

Knot Backwoods regards the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as very important to successful operations and to maintaining the confidence of those with whom we deal. We will always do our utmost to ensure that our organisation treats personal information lawfully and correctly.

We have a comprehensive confidentiality policy in our handbook and it can be viewed upon request.