Animals in Mind is fully committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. Animals in Mind has gained the Award in Excellence in Safeguarding by SAFE CIC - see our certificate here, Lynn and all adult volunteers hold DBS certificates (ehnanced) and are registered with the annual DBS update service. Consent can be provided for organisation's to check free of charge at any time. Our DBS certificate will be available to inspect at any visit.
Please see our Safeguarding Policy here
Animal Welfare, Ethical Practice and Licensing
Animals in Mind is an organisation that is fully compassionate and committed to the welfare of animals, going beyond the expectations of the animal welfare act in the provision of animal care.
Animal Assisted Education, Therapy, or Intervention does not currently need to be 'licensed'. However, activities that include animals 'with an audience' must be licensed. This is a requirement of The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. Therefore, Animals in Mind has gone through the rigorous welfare standards to achieve the License. Please do not use the services of an organisation who is not licensed, as this means they have not proven to a qualified inspector that their welfare standards for animals have met the expected standards. Details of the animal license expectations can be found here.
Animals in Mind’s Licence No is: LN/202000065, issued by Daventry District Council, where any concerns about the welfare of our animals can be reported to the Licensing Officer.
View our License here
Animals in Mind is a member of the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), and the Association of Animal-Assisted Intervention Professionals (AAAIP). As part of our commitment to animal welfare, and professional standards in therapeutic interventions, we abide by both the codes and standards of practice:
See the SCAS Code of Practice here
Health and Safety
Health and Safety is paramount when working with animals, people and when outdoors with vulnerable groups. From disease prevention to the prevention of scratches and nips and bites. Full generic risk assessment, and risk control is in place, and updated annually, with written and dynamic risk assessment at every session. and our Appointed Person First Aider (Lynn) holds a St Johns Ambulance Paediatric First Aid Certificate.
All AiM animals are safe and friendly and no animal will assist in an event or education activity without prior training and a risk assessment. Please see a copy of our generic risk assessment.
We have specialist insurance from Cliverton's that covers all of our animal related activities. This includes £10million cover for employers liability, £5million public liability and £250k professional indemnity for our advisory and animal assisted intervention and therapy work. We supply all of our clients with this information upon booking, and have originals with us at all times on visits to our clients. These are available for for inspection by any agency such as CQC, Ofsted etc.
Copies of our Insurance Certificates and associated documentation is stored for seven years, in line with good practice.
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