Wellington Country Park - Educational Health & Safety

Advice to Teachers and others who organise visits for children from FACE

This advice is for teachers and others who organise visits by children on the precautions necessary to reduce the risk of ill health arising from contact with animals.

All animals naturally carry a range of micro-organisms, some of which can be transmitted to humans, where they may cause ill health. Some of these, such as Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli O157) or Cryptosporidium parvum (a microscopic parasite), present a serious health hazard and have the potential to cause serious Illness and health problems which may be particularly severe in young children.

As with many other educational or recreational activities, visits can never be considered free from all risk. However, while the hazards are real, the risk of infection in children can be readily controlled by simple everyday measures. The following practical steps will help make your visit even more safe, healthy and enjoyable.

Before your visit, you should:

Key points to cover with the children should include:

During and after the visit, make sure that the children:

Check that the children stay in their allocated groups during the visit, and that they:

Remember the children are your responsibility during the visit:

Additional advice

Further advice on E. coli O157 including a video on hand washing is available at:
Other advice is available from a number of other government websites including:

We are sorry to say that on THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER THE PARK WILL BE CLOSED.

This is due to essential maintenance from Scottish and Southern Electric which is out of our control.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The Park will reopen at 9:30am on Friday 24th October.

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