Health and safety
Safety and security are our primary concerns. We take every possible step to ensure the safety and security of the Hardelot Centre and we have operated school trips to France successfully since 1992. We are registered in France with both the Prefecture de Boulogne sur Mer (police, fire brigade and technical authorities) and the Département de la Jeunesse et des Sports (social welfare of young people) who maintain very high European standards. The centre is regularly inspected by the local authorities to ensure its suitability for groups of young people. We work closely with them to ensure that these standards are met. We 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 the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.
Our site is peaceful and secure and you have sole occupancy of the Centre.
We ensure that your school group is safe and secure at all times during your stay at the Hardelot Centre:
• all accommodation blocks’ external doors can only be opened from the inside when locked
• windows can only be opened from the inside, and only for ventilation
• a safety talk and fire drill are conducted soon after your arrival
The Centre 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. The entire Centre’s equipment is regularly checked prior to each use and conforms to all required safety standards. Our kitchen staff hold relevant qualifications. HACCP regulations regarding food hygiene, handling, storage, preparation and service are adhered to.
The first aid room will be made available to your appointed first aider on arrival at the Centre. Should any member of your party need the services of a doctor or hospital, this is readily available and the Centre 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. A copy of our public liability details is available on request.
Staying Safe While Having Fun
All participants are required to wear long sleeves and trousers when playing in the Centre grounds. All the Centre’s equipment has up-to-date risk assessments, for the Residential Centre and the Challenge Course and are always checked thoroughly before each use. Rigorous weekly checks are carried out by our experienced Animateur.