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Care Farming Code of Practice
As part of our role to i) promote care farming as a quality service provision in health and social care and in special education, and ii) to support care farmers, SF&G is proud to offer the care farming Code of Practice.
The Code of Practice is intended to support the requirements of commissioners, clients and other authorities by providing them with some degree of quality assurance and to raise the profile of the care farming sector in the UK. The care farming Code of practice is essentially a set of minimum standards which we are encouraging all care farmers (including farm and garden sites offering other green care services such as STH and Animal Assisted Therapies) to adopt.
The Code has been developed by a team of care farmers and other specialists and has been trialled by a range of care farming practitioners. The quality of services delivered by care farmers is assured through a process of self-assessment, enabling care farms to demonstrate that they follow the Care Farming Code of Practice.
The Code is a clear set of guidelines, intended to meet the requirements of commissioners, clients and other authorities to show that care farms which adhere to the Code are safe, professional and effective service providers.
The Code is divided into 3 sections as an aid to grouping the issues and evidence:
- We run a resonsible care farm
- We care about the people we work with
- Our care farm is a safe place to be
An overview of what the Code covers is available for practitioners and commissioners alike to view. Care farms applying for the Code need to have current membership of SF&G.
Code of Practice process:
1. Care farms wishing to apply for the Code request an application form (currently an excel spreadsheet) directly from SF&G (care farms need to be members and to have paid their £60 annual code access fee)
2. Coordinators at SF&G log the request and send out the Code spreadsheet with instructions on completion
3. Care farms complete the self-assessment form and return it together with a copy of their Service Level or Client Agreement and a copy of their safeguarding policy (adult or child as appropriate). After checking that all sections are completed, these are forwarded to the Panel of experts for appraisal. Applications are sent to the panel fortnightly.
4. The panel assess the application, and the care farm may be asked for further clarification or more information. Care farms may also be asked to provide further policies for inspection.
5. Once the clarifications have been received and the panel is happy to award the Code, the care farm will be notified by SF&G that they have met the Code and will be provided with the logo to use on promotional material. The care farm details on the searchable interactive map of care farms will also show that the care farm has met the Code of Practice.
6. After years 1 and 2, the care farms meeting the Code will be asked to confirm that they still meet the standards and to report any changes or challenges in order to continue meeting the Code. Every 3 years care farms will need to resubmit their applications to the panel for review. SF&G will contact care farms to advise on dates that these are required.
How to apply:
If you would like to go through the application process and are an existing (or prospective) care farmer please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback from Code of Practice care farms
"Completing the code of practice highlighted a number of areas that we needed to tighten up on but also identified the areas of care farming that we were doing really well! A worthwhile process and the badge has been used numerous times in funding bids!" - Densholme Care Farm, N Yorks
"Care farming colleagues who have applied the Code of Practice to their work give us added confidence that they are professional and represent care farming as a positive, quality service.” Magdalen Environmental Trust, Somerset,