Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide
The Play Safety Forum has produced an updated version of Managing Risk in Play Provision – Implementation guide which was originally published in 2008.
It has been written by David Ball, Tim Gill and Bernard Spiegal.
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. It builds on the Play Safety Forum’s Managing risk in play provision – position statement (2002).
The guide is aimed at those responsible for managing play provision, and will be useful for those who manage spaces and settings in which children play, and for those involved in designing and maintaining them.
Robin Sutcliffe, Former Chair of the Play Safety Forum said:
‘Children need and choose exciting places to play, which inevitably means managing situations that are inherently risky. This publication recognises this and gives guidance to providers about how this can be reconciled with a natural desire for children’s safety.’
Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE said:
‘Play – and particularly play outdoors – teaches young people how to deal with risk. Without this awareness and learning they are ill equipped to deal with adult life. Outdoor play and learning is an important part of our children’s education. HSE endorses the proportionate advice in the guide. We should all make sure that needless health and safety excuses do not get in the way of activities. Of course take sensible and reasonable precautions, but let young people play.’
Download Welsh version – Rheoli Risg mewn Darpariaeth Chwarae – Canllaw Gweithredu
Risk-Benefit Assessment Form
The Risk-Benefit Assessment 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 will be invaluable for all those who manage spaces and settings in which children play, and for those involved in designing and maintaining them. The initiative is supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the UK Government.
The Risk-Benefit Assessment (RBA) Form is available in two formats: as a blank form, and as a hypothetical worked example based on a tree swing.
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.
Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE said:
‘HSE endorses the proportionate advice in the RBA Form. We should all make sure that needless health and safety excuses do not get in the way of activities. Of course take sensible and reasonable precautions, but let young people play.’
Download Welsh version – Ffurflen Asesu Risg-Budd – Esiampl wedi ei Chwblhau
Download Welsh version – Ffurflen asesu risg-budd – ffurflen wag
The RBA Form is published by Play Scotland in partnership with Play England, Play Wales and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. It was sponsored by, and the copyright belongs to: Play Scotland; Play England: Play Wales and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.
Managing risk in play provision: A position statement
Managing Risk in Play Provision: A position statement (2021) is produced by the Play Safety Forum to support the work of those involved in play provision of any kind, for example: play areas, playgrounds, adventure playgrounds, play centres and holiday playschemes. These include local authorities, voluntary organisations, play equipment manufacturers and inspection agencies.
The statement has relevance to other settings and environments in which children play, such as childcare provision, schools, parks and public open spaces. It will also be of interest to those involved in insurance and litigation in relation to play provision. The statement has equal relevance to children and young people of all ages from 0 to 18, and it uses the term ‘children’ to cover the whole age range.
Children’s Play and Leisure: promoting a balanced approach
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Play Safety Forum have published a joint high-level statement to promote a balanced approach to managing risk in children’s play – Children’s Play and Leisure – promoting a balanced approach. The statement emphasises that when providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and the benefits – no child will learn about risk if they are wrapped in cotton wool.