Our Health and Safety Services for Cumbrian Schools
Cumbria County Council continues to provide health and safety services and outdoor and experiential learning and educational visits advisory services to Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools without charge.
These services will also be available to all other educational establishments in Cumbria under Service Level Agreements.
Below you will find some frequently asked questions that may help you when deciding your health and safety arrangements. If you have any further questions or would like to speak with us about our services please contact me using the details below.
We look forward to serving you
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team Manager (Children’s & Schools)
Corporate Health & Safety Team, Safer & Stronger Communities Directorate
Cumbria County Council, Nisi Prius
The Courts, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8LZ
01228 22 6345
This will essentially be what you have been used to in the past but with several enhancements. The service will cover the following:
Access to the EVOLVE website and online approval system to allow recording and notification of all educational visits (Level I EVC approved and Level 2 EVA approved).Online approval through the EVOLVE website for those visits that require approval and which meet the approval requirements in accordance with DfE guidance for Educational Visits and Cumbria County Council requirements (Level 2 EVA approved visits).
Access to Cumbria County Council policy and guidance on outdoor and experiential learning and educational visits, including access to generic risk assessment templates for customisation.
Advice and support on effective risk management in all aspects of outdoor and experiential learning and educational visits.
Advice, guidance and recommendations on health, safety and current best practice regarding outdoor experiential learning and educational visits.
Leader Competence endorsement including Duke of Edinburgh Award Supervisors.
Serious incident back up and support.
Access to Educational Visit Coordinator and Visit Leader Training at preferential rates.
The following information is taken from the EVOLVE website:
EVOLVE is an online Educational Visits notification, approval and database system that has been developed over the last 6 years and is now used by approximately 90 Local Education Authorities in England and Wales.
The main features of EVOLVE are:
A robust notification and/or approval system, based on a consensus of the requirements of Local Authorities and which contributes to the Every Child Matters framework.100% web-based, no need for any additional hardware/software.
All data incorporated within a powerful database environment.
Stores and cross-references individual pupil records. Upload pupil details from school information management systems (e.g. SIMS), track pupil visits attended, and download pupil reports in a format compatible with the national Children and Young Person Information Sharing Index.
Powerful search and sort facilities to assist monitoring procedures.
Comprehensive built-in, and self-specified, set of monitoring and reporting tools.
Incorporated messenger facility linked to notification/approval system.
Clear audit trail. Ability to upload attachments to Visit Forms.
Comprehensive visit and provider evaluation tools.
More than a database - a one-stop shop for Educational Visit planning, monitoring and evaluating. Powerful online web-page editor and document manager with access to Guidance, Document Library, Training Courses and Contact Details sections.
Full data back-up and ‘quick access hardcopy backup’ facility.
Fully managed and reliable service infrastructure. The hosting infrastructure is housed in a UK based high-performance, secure data centre, which benefits from ‘no single point of failure’. The infrastructure is protected by sophisticated and effective firewalls, and it utilises aggregate direct connections to the internet backbone.
Cumbria County Council will represent your views on the Evolve User-group ensuring the system is constantly updated and improved to meet our needs.
Contact the Corporate Health & Safety Team as below to obtain a Service level Agreement for you to sign and return
Corporate Health & Safety Team
Safer & Stronger Communities Directorate
Cumbria County Council
Tel 01228 227169
Fax: 01228 226291