Risk and Safety
There is growing concern about how safety is addressed in children's
play provision. Fear of litigation is leading many play providers
to focus on minimizing the risk of injury. The effect is to stop
children from enjoying a healthy range of play opportunities, limiting
their enjoyment and causing potentially damaging consequences for
A preliminary legal assessment by Public Interest Lawyers
confirms that PLAYLINK's play policy combined with the Play Safety
Forum's Managing Risk in Play Provision Statement and proper risk
assessment provides: 'a robust, explicit framework for organisations
to demonstrate that they have acted reasonably in offering children
acceptable levels of risk in their provision for play, whether in
designated play space or shared public space.'
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Managing Risk in Play Provision
This statement by the Play Safety Forum is written for those involved
in play provision. It addresses the balance between the benefit
and the need for children to play against the duty of play providers
to provide safe play opportunities for children.
PLAYLINK offers Risk and Play workshops building on play values,
common sense, skills and experience to help Play Service providers
make judgements about risk levels with the aim of creating best
possible play opportunities.
For more information go to the PLAYLINK website at: http://www.playlink.org.uk/workshops/
Playgrounds - risks, benefits, and choices
by Professor David J Ball, Middlesex University, published by the
Health and Safety Executive, Contract
Research Report 426/2002, April 2002.
"This report describes the first detailed strategic risk assessment
of outdoor playgrounds in the UK for over a decade. It also reviews
international research on risk factors. In summary, the risk of
injury on UK playgrounds is found to be modest compared with the
risks of many other activities in which children are encouraged,
for accepted reasons, to participate."