1. People are social beings. They need to belong and to contribute

We ask you to be respectful of each other's space and needs, to offer support with awareness and a non-judgemental attitude and to contribute your support to the community


2. People are whole beings; all aspects of life are interrelated

Confidentiality and the respect of others is an important part of the Summer School ethos, but the responsibility for personal disclosure is accepted by each of us.  To share is an individual choice and we do it accepting the consequences.


3. Work, friendship and intimacy are lifelong tasks.

Many lifelong friends are formed within our community, but we ask that any intimate relationships are not embarked upon during the Summer School. Any relationships formed should be respectful.


4. Every person is equally deserving of respect and dignity.

We ask you to respect and honour the environment of Felden Lodge and its people and all members of our community.  We ask you  to observe group confidentiality, both within your groups and at other times while on the course: to speak your truth without malice.


5. All behaviour has a purpose.

We would ask that your behaviour reflects the aims of the Summer School.  Respect the quiet of those who have retired early.  


6. Positive change comes from encouragement

Use words of encouragement and appreciation when you can.

Don't expect perfection of yourself or others. We learn from our mistakes.

Be compassionate and accepting of yourself and others.

Develop compassion for yourself and others

Embrace the here and now and be present in awareness


7. Children make meaning of their early experiences and act within this framework throughout their lives.

We are unique.

Respectful encouragement will help our young people grow.

Provide them with role models they will remember

Encourage their contributions


8. Personal freedoms exist together with social responsibility.

Do not take from the land without offering respect and thanks for the gift.

Do not take plants from the land.

If you are drinking alcohol, please respect others especially those who are not.

Clean up around you and pick up litter where you see it.

 Click here to download the Summer school Code



Please see Felden Lodge Information Pack for details of their policies regarding residents and non residents

 During office hours     A member of the Summer School committee can be contacted directly   on a mobile phone. You will be given the number when you arrive.



Please acquaint yourself with the fire instructions displayed in each of the buildings, and locate your nearest fire extinguisher and fire exit.  You will be informed if the fire alarm is due to be tested during the week.  In all other circumstances please evacuate the building immediately upon hearing the alarm.  If this happens during the night, one person in each building or on each floor will be responsible for checking that everyone has left the building safely. 



In the event of a major accident or injury, please report it to your group facilitator or a member of the organising committee immediately.  If necessary dial 999 and summon an ambulance.  Report the incident to the duty person in the office and fill in an Incident Report Form available from them.  Please give a copy to one of the organising committee.

In the event of a minor accident or injury, first aid will be available.  Please go to the Welcome Room or contact one of the organising committee.  The designated Summer School first aider is: -

Bruce Greenhalgh who can be contacted  



Should you feel ill during your stay, please let someone know as soon as possible, preferably a member of the organising committee.  If urgent medical assistance is required, dial 999 and summon an ambulance.  If it is felt that it would be advisable to seek proper medical advice the organising committee, in consultation with Felden Lodge staff, will make all necessary arrangements.



It is sensible to take reasonable steps to ensure your own personal safety and that of others participating in the Summer School.  With this in mind it is particularly important to wear your identification badge at all times around the site.  It is also wise to ensure that you avoid taking unnecessary risks.  If you feel uncomfortable crossing the site during the dark, for example, arrange to go with someone.  If at any time you notice suspicious behaviour or feel uncomfortable or at all threatened, report it to one of the committee immediately.



Neither Felden Lodge  nor the Summer School can accept liability for loss or damage to personal possessions, so it is incumbent on participants to look after their own property.  If something is lost or gets damaged, please let a member of the committee know so that efforts can be made to rectify the situation as soon as possible.



Your attention is drawn to the fact that smoking is not allowed inside any of the buildings (and that includes all the bedrooms). 



Summer School is a time of reflection, self-analysis and a conscious space for deepening self-awareness.   Alcohol can be an obstacle for this process to take place and we therefore would request that you restrict your consumption during the week.

 You are asked not to leave bottles, glasses or plastic cups lying around anywhere and particularly not to remove glasses from the main house.



Should you experience a problem of some sort during your week at the Summer School, please let one of the committee members know as soon as possible.  It might be a practical, organisational or domestic matter, and in all probability it can be sorted out without too much difficulty. 



At times we all seek reflective space and silence. We would ask that all members of the community respect this, and do not disturb anyone at these times. This includes uninvited visits to bedrooms or tents at any time. 



If you feel you would like to talk about a private, personal or emotional matter, arising from the workshops or the Summer School, you are welcome to use the confidential lunch time ‘process space’ space which is available for that purpose.

The ‘process space’ is available from 2.00 – 4.00 pm 

Although a therapeutic experience is often felt during the week, we would advise you that this is not for individual therapy, but the facility for structured support is provided in the process space

 Group facilitators do not offer personal therapy during the week.



If, for some reason, you feel dissatisfied with some aspect of your week at the Summer School and wish to make a complaint, please let the Organising Committee know immediately.

If all attempts to resolve the complaint amicably with the party concerned prove unsuccessful, the Organising Committee will undertake preparatory consultations with you and the other party in order to resolve the issue. The matter will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

In the first instance every effort will be taken to resolve the issue informally and verbally.  Should this not be possible, steps will be taken to ensure that the complainant and defendant have a full and fair opportunity to present their cases with supporting evidence and more formally in writing, if desired. 



In the event of there being a breach of the Summer School Community code or a violation of some aspect of the professional and ethical code of conduct expected of any member of the Community, the Organising Committee reserves the right to act in such a way as to prevent this being repeated, and ensure that no other party be adversely affected or hurt.





At The Adlerian Summer School we have developed thorough and rigorous systems to ensure that children are safeguarded by the robust and efficient child protection procedures.

We believe that high quality dedicated facilitators are the key to a successful Summer School and we will ensure that all facilitators are recruited following correct and thorough vetting procedures.

The Organising Committee has written this policy to ensure that best practice and procedures are carried out at the Summer School. This policy complies with the legal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework and Safeguarding procedures.   

1. Aims

  • To ensure all Faculty Members* at the Summer School are diligent and understand clearly the need for strong child protection procedures which are vigorously implemented and followed.
  • To ensure excellent communication at all levels which results in a swift response and cohesive action to safeguard the child or adult
  • To implement Safer Recruiting procedures when appointing Faculty members and volunteers and ensure through checking and vetting procedures prior to commencing any appointment at the Summer School.


* Faculty Members include all facilitators, members of the Organising Committee, and volunteers.

A Definition of Child Abuse

‘Child abuse consists of anything which individuals, institutions or processes do or fail to do which directly or indirectly harms children or damages their prospects of a safe and healthy development into childhood.'

National Commission of Inquiry into Prevention of Child Abuse 1996 

Implementation of Policy 


 The Adlerian Summer School will:

  • Seek to maintain an ethos where young people feel secure, are encouraged to talk and are listened to.
  • Ensure that young people know that there are adults in the Summer School whom they can approach if they are worried or in difficulty.
  • Include in the activities and services learning opportunities for personal, social and emotional education which will help provide young people with the skills and confidence they need to stay safe and know who to turn to if they require assistance and support.


The Summer School Organising Committee will ensure that:

  • There is an appointed member of Faculty with overall responsibility for Safeguarding
  • Members of Faculty develop a comprehensive understanding of the signs which indicate possible abuse and how they must record and communicate this to the designated person.
  • Parents, carers and visitors to the Summer School understand the responsibility of the Summer School for protecting young people. This will be communicated via the prospectus and website.
  • Maintain detailed written records of any child protection and safeguarding incidents including any action taken as a result.

Faculty Members have responsibility for:

  • Knowing the name of the designated person and their role in protecting young people and adults from harm.
  • Communicating any possible child protection issues immediately to the designated person.

Supporting children

The Adlerian Summer School  will support all young people by:

  1. Encouraging self-esteem and self-assertiveness, whilst never condoning aggression or bullying,
  2. By promoting an ethos of a caring, positive and safe environment, thus promoting the social, physical and moral development of the individual child.  
  3. Following a referral Faculty Members should remain sensitive to the emotional needs of all concerned.


  • The Summer School will treat all safeguarding and child protection incidents in the greatest of confidence. Information will only be shared with the Organising Committee and professionals who have a responsibility for caring and supporting the child.
  • The designated person has the responsibility to refer child protection or safeguarding issues to relevant agencies and will share all information necessary to ensure that children are protected from harm.
  • Faculty Members must be aware that they are not permitted to keep or promise to keep secrets if the safety and welfare of children is at risk.

Safer Recruiting and Criminal Records Checking and Disclosure

The Adlerian Summer School complies fully with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) process in police-checking all Faculty Members, as outlined in our Child Protection Policy. It complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice and Data Protection Act 1988, regarding the correct handling, use, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosure information.

The Adlerian Summer School is committed to the fair treatment of staff and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. Applicants are made aware at interview that a Disclosure will be requested in the event of an individual being offered a position at the Summer School.

  • Disclosure information is only used for the specific purpose for which it was requested and for which the applicant’s full consent has been given.
  • Once a recruitment decision has been made, Disclosure information is not kept for any longer than is necessary. Information may be held for a period of 6 months, to allow for resolution of disputes or complaints. If it needs to be kept for longer, the CRB will be consulted.
  • Once the retention period has elapsed Disclosure information will be destroyed by a secure means, e.g. by shredding.

The Adlerian Summer School will not keep any photocopy or other image of a Disclosure, or any copy or representation of the contents of a Disclosure.

 The records kept are:

  • Date of issue of a Disclosure
  • Type of Disclosure requested (Enhanced etc)
  • Position for which the Disclosure was requested
  • The unique reference number of the Disclosure
  • Details of the recruitment decision taken


Any questions or concerns regarding this policy should be made to the Organising Committee.

Click here to download the Safeguarding Policy  




The Adlerian Summer School provides a chance to learn and experience the philosophy and theory of Alfred Adler. His model is holistic, practical and lacking in jargon. Adler was an educator who was a strong believer in prevention (rather than cure) and he founded the first child guidance centres in the 1920s.

Key Adlerian principles relate to encouragement, respect and democracy. He recognised the importance of contribution in family and at work, and believed that each person is unique and creative, and that all of us are capable of making mistakes as we learn.


The Young People who attend the Summer School are an integral and vibrant part of its organism. We provide an environment for their personal development and for them to enjoy participation in the community. 

Two separate programmes have been developed for the young people, one for the teenagers and one for the younger participants. The programmes are run by facilitators and organised with a member of the committee. 

All who work with the young people are police checked and carry professional indemnity insurance. 

Due to the diverse age range of the attendees, from 5 to 18, and to ensure the safety of participants these guidelines have been formed to provide clarity of responsibility. 

We hope that parents and guardians will ensure that young people are aware of and will observe the Summer School Code and The Health and Safety Policy. 


  1. Young  People (5-18) remain at all times the responsibility of the parent or guardian who brings them to the Summer School.     
  2. The Young People’s Programme facilitators will  provide activities that run in parallel to the Adult programme. Outside of the scheduled workshops e.g. breaks and meal times the onus of responsibility is shared between the young people and ultimately their parents or guardian
  3. All Young People are encouraged to attend the young people’s programme. If a young person (14-18) wishes to attend an adult workshop, they can, subject to the following provisos:
  • the adult workshop facilitator must be willing to include the young person
  • the young person or their guardian must be prepared to pay for the stream at the prevailing adult rate.
  1. If a young person chooses not to follow the guidance of the Young People’s Programme facilitator(s) then the guardian or parent of that person will be sought and the young person placed back in the care of that adult.
  2. If the Young Person (11-18) cannot swim 25 metres unaided then s/he cannot use the swimming pool unless the parent or guardian is present. No child (5-10) should be left unattended at the pool. There is no life guard and thus it is parent’s responsibility to oversee their children.
  3. If any parent or guardian is aware of any special needs of the young person in their care they must advise the Young People’s co-ordinator before they have committed to attending the SummerSchool. Examples include any special needs, behavioural problems, disabilities or allergies.
  4. It has been found useful for a young person to attend each session of each stream. However, sometimes that is not possible. If you are aware that your young person may be missing for a session please contact one of the young people’s programme organisers in advance.
  5. The young people’s sessions are based on a “closed group” format. All parents and guardians are kindly requested to refrain from contact, visits etc unless invited in by agreement with the young people’s co-coordinator.
  6. If a young person needs to leave the site during the SummerSchool please advise one of the Young People’s programme co-ordinators in advance. Any young person leaving the site will become the responsibility of their parent or guardian, and will be required to sign the register ‘…time out…’   and ‘…time back in…’.
  7. Any concerns regarding young people which may affect the Summer School or any concerns a young person may have about the  Summer School or any members of the Summer School, should be raised  immediately with the Organising Committee through the Young People’s  Programme Organiser who is a member of that Committee.

 Click here to download the Young People's Policy