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Visit the AALA Info Log for information about incidents, accidents and near misses that have happened in adventure activities or similar, closely related activities.

Lessons Learned Group The Lessons Learned Group (LLG) is a small group of professionals and practitioners in adventure activities, brought together by a common aim to incorporate into ongoing good practice any lessons that can be learned from outdoor incidents.

HSE  ‘pause’ the proposal to abolish AALA (2/7/12) Following announcements that the Welsh and Scottish Governments intend to retain a statutory licensing scheme for Adventurous Activities, the Health and Safety Executive have written to all License holders to say that they are proposing to consult further rather than withdraw AALA at the moment.  The two major issues they plan to consult further on are user reassurance of safe practice and the limited scope of adventurous activities covered by licensing. Importantly the HSE are also proposing to work with the Scottish and Welsh Governments as they develop future arrangements.  IOL will seek to encourage and support this in pursuit of a consistent UK wide regime.

Nothing Ventured: Balancing Risks and Benefits in the Outdoors. By Tim Gill. "Explodes the myths about safety on school visits and gives real reassurance to teachers". 28 page publication by the English Outdoor Council (2010). Download a PDF of Nothing Ventured HERE.

The Scottish Government have decided to retain a statutory licensing scheme for the provision of adventurous activities.  In doing so they are seeking to reassure users, especially parents, though they intend to also retain exemption for sports clubs to encourage participation.  Attached is a link to the Scottish Government’s consultation report. Read more...

Briefing on progress towards a post AALA regime. 27/6/2012. Representatives of the providers and users of outdoor adventurous activities have been working to try and establish an appropriate alternative to the Licensing regime that Westminster is proposing to withdraw. This group of representatives have called themselves the UK Accreditation Transition Group. Read more....

Advisers act to keep visits running after government withdraws guidance. Last year (2011)  the DfE withdrew its detailed guidance on educational visits - Health and Safety of Pupils on Educational Visits (HASPEV) – a move widely condemned by teaching unions and professionals in the field. Now Outdoor Education Advisers have acted to issue detailed advice and support to school staff and others leading groups of young people on visits and learning activities outside the classroom. Read more....

Welsh Ministers have decided that they wish to retain adventure activities licensing in respect of Wales. The Welsh Government have decided that they do not wish to follow Westminster’s proposal to withdraw AALA. Read more....

Mountaineering Council of Scotland Responds to Scottish Government Consultation on Adventurous Activities. Responding to the Scottish Government's consultation into developing a safety system for Adventurous Activities the MCofS stated that it believes that a licensing scheme for mountaineering club activities is unwarranted and unnecessary and urged member clubs to respond individually to the consultation. Read more....

Scottish Govt consultation on alternative to AALA. The Scottish Government has opened its consultation to identify an appropriate replacement for the current AALA regime.  This is independent of the work currently being undertaken by the HSE working group and reporting to Westminster DWP minister Chris Grayling. Read more....

Post AALA update - Draft Code of Practice & Proposal for a register of providers. draft of a code of practice designed to replace AALA when it is repealed. Read more...

HSE Working Group Report - Post AALA Regime. 28th September 2011 saw the first meeting of the HSE working group to ‘develop practical post-AALA arrangements to support the recommendation within Common Sense Common Safety’.  The group is likely to meet 2 or 3 more times in order to have developed a practical way forward by the end of this calendar year. Read more....

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