Great to hear that the joint HSE/Play Safety Forum statement on a sensible approach to risk management in children’s play is starting to take effect on the ground. Thanks Tim for sharing! To find out more about the statement, visit http://www.playengland.org.uk/playandleisure.
The Health and Safety Executive – the nation’s safety regulator – is so often the fall guy for everything that is wrong about the way risk is managed. But last week I heard an anecdote that brought home to me – in an unexpected way – the positive role HSE is playing in building support for a balanced, thoughtful approach to risk in children’s play. I was running a workshop on risk-benefit assessment at a playwork conference, and one of the participants – a manager of an after-school club – shared a revealing story. It begins last September, with a boy breaking a limb.
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