SF&G Code of Practice for Care Farming Services

SF&G Code of Practice for Care Farming Services

At SF&G part of our role is to promote care farming as a quality service provision in health, social care and special education, and also to support those delivering these services. We are therefore proud to offer the opportunity to apply for the SF&G Code of Practice to our members.

This page describes the Code of Practice process and explains how to apply.

What is the Code of Practice for?

The Code of Practice is intended to provide commissioners, clients and other authorities with some degree of quality assurance and to raise the profile of the care farming sector in the UK. Developed by a team of care farmers and other specialists, the Code has been trialled by a range of care farming practitioners.

The Code is essentially a set of minimum standards which we encourage all those providing care farming services to adopt (including farm and garden sites delivering other green care services such as social therapeutic horticulture and animal assisted therapies).

What does the Code of Practice process involve?

The quality of services delivered is assured through a process of self-assessment. The Code is divided into three sections as an aid to grouping the issues and evidence:

  • We run a responsible service
  • We care about the people we work with
  • Our site is a safe place to be.

Applicants are sent a self-assessment form to complete and return, 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 and that payment has been received (see 'How to apply' below), this information is forwarded to the panel of experts for assessement.

You may be asked to provide further clarification or more information, e.g. copies of additional policies for inspection. Once all requested additional information has been received and assessed, a decision will be made by the panel and you will be notified of this.

At the end of the first and second years after approval, organisations will be asked to confirm that they still meet the standards and to report any changes or challenges they have faced and overcome in order to continue meeting the Code.

At the end of the third year, a fresh application will need to be submitted to the panel for review.

SF&G members that they have met the Code will be provided with the Code of Practice logo for use on their own promotional material and websites, and will be included in a searchable list on the SF&G website to which commissioners and clients seeking care farming services will be directed.

How to apply

The annual fee for the Code of Practice is currently £60. This is payable on initial application and each subsequent year when the Code is renewed.

In order to enrol on the Code of Practice your organisation must first be a member of Social Farms & Gardens.

  • If you are not sure whether your organisation is a member of SF&G, we will be happy to check for you. Please contact admin@farmgarden.org.uk or tel. 0117 9231 800.
  • Alternatively, if you know that your organisation is not a member, please join now. Membership is free and you can apply online here. You will be sent details about the Code of Practice as part of your welcome pack.
  • If you have any other questions about the Code of Practice process or are an existing member of SF&G and would like to be sent an application form, please contact carefaming@farmgarden.org.uk or tel. 0117 9231 800.

If you are already enrolled on the Code of Practice and would like to renew your Code of Practice access/ status, please follow this link - alternatively please contact carefarming@farmgarden.org.uk or tel. 0117 9231 800.

Feedback from the field

"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

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