Managing risk in play provision: A briefing for risk managers

A briefing for risk managers in local authorities and other public and voluntary agencies that manage play provision.

Managing Risk in Play Provision argues for a balanced approach to play safety: one that ensures that overall goals and objectives are not compromised by excessive risk aversion.

There is growing awareness of the value of play provision that gives children and young people active, challenging play opportunities. Risk management professionals have a key role in supporting the delivery of play provision which provides risk and challenge. The approach promoted in this briefing allows risk managers to be confident that they are taking a reasonable position that manages the risks, and that also provides a sound defence if claims arise.

Managing risk in Play Provision

Both the guidance and this briefing build on the Play Safety Forum’s position statement Managing risk in play provision (Play Safety Forum, 2002).

This briefing is based on the publication, Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide, published in 2008 by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Play England. The guide has been formally endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and ROSPA.

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