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Bubbles our Indian Leopard Gecko


Animals in Mind is fully committed to the safeguarding of children and at-risk 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 2006 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 welfare standards inspection to achieve the license. Details of the animal license expectations can be found here.

Animals in Mind’s Licence No is: LN/202000065, issued by West Northamptonshire Council, where any concerns about the welfare of our animals can be reported to the Licensing Officer.

View our License here

Health and Safety

​Health and Safety is paramount when working with animals, people and when outdoors with vulnerable people. From disease prevention to the prevention of scratches, nips, bites or falls, we thoroughly evaluate and monitor risks. We prepare risk management plans for; every client, every context, all operating sites and all types of animals and activities.


A benefits and risk management plan will be provided to you relative to your context at the confirmation of your booking, and for those of high risk and receiving alternative education, or therapeutic services, we ask for approval of this along with an informed consent prior to commencing any activities.


An example of a generic risk assessment is available below, this is updated annually. Please do not hesitate to ask for copies of other risk-assessments relative to your enquiry. 

Lynn Hart is the Appointed Person First Aider and holds a St Johns Ambulance Paediatric First Aid Certificate.


We have specialist insurance from Royal Sun Alliance that covers all of our animal and nature based activities. This includes £10million cover for employers liability and £5million public liability. We supply all of our service users and stakeholders with this information upon booking, and carry originals with us for onsite visits for inspection by any agency such as CQC, Ofsted etc. 


Copies of our Insurance Certificates and associated documentation are stored for seven years, in line with good practice. 

Click the blue buttons below to view the relevant current insurance.

Ethical Standards

​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

See the AAAIP Standards of Practice here

Privacy and GDPR

​Animals in Mind assures you of your privacy and data protection. We are registered with the Information Commissioner's Office Data Protection Register No: ZB336029. We will not pass your information onto any organisation or individual. Please access our Privacy Policy here.

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