The Risk-Benefit Assessment (RBA) Form is an easy-to-use tool to support play providers to balance the benefits of an activity with any inherent risk, taking into account the risks while recognising the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences.
It is aimed at those involved in providing play opportunities in a range of contexts including play areas, public parks, green spaces, out-of-school childcare settings, playwork settings, schools and early years services.
The initiative is supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the UK Government.
This version of the Risk-Benefit Assessment Form is a hypothetical worked example based on a tree swing. A blank form is also available.
It was commissioned and developed by the Play Safety Forum, and is co-authored by Professor David Ball, Tim Gill and Bernard Spiegal. It is based on Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation Guide.