Produced by the Play Safety Forum, this guide shows how play providers can develop an approach to risk management that takes into account the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences, as well as the risks.
Striking the right balance between protecting children from the most serious risks and allowing them to reap the benefits of play is not about eliminating risk. Nor is it about complicated methods of calculating risks or benefits. In essence, play is a safe and beneficial activity. Sensible adult judgements are all that is generally required to derive the best benefits to children whilst ensuring that they are not exposed to unnecessary risk.
Aimed at those responsible for managing play provision, the guide will be useful for those who manage spaces and settings in which children play, and for those involved in designing and maintaining them.
The guide is written by David Ball, Tim Gill and Bernard Spiegal.