The benefits of outdoor learning and play are far too important to forfeit, and by far outweigh the risks of an accident occurring.
Outdoor learning risk management
As an organisation, Learning through Landscapes is committed to children being able to experience challenging play and learning activities in the day-to-day environment of their school grounds.
We absolutely support the need to balance the benefits of any activity against the risks associated with that activity. We want to enable schools to make careful and considered judgements that will allow children to develop the skills that they need for a fulfilling adult life.
We believe strongly in the benefits of managed risk for children and we are proud to have endorsed the International School Grounds Alliance Risk Declaration.
“When planning and providing learning opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up risks and benefits. No child will learn about risk if they are wrapped in cotton wool”
Health & Safety Executive, 2012
A risk positive approach
Our ‘risk positive’ approach and systems are in line with national policy and practice from the following partner organisations:
The output of this work is a practical approach to risk management in schools and early years settings that seeks to be ‘as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible’.
Our Risk Management System
Below are the Risk Benefit Assessments that we use. They are intended to cover our activities – including play and outdoor learning in schools and early years settings.
Our Risk Benefit Assessments are designed to ‘stack’ – any given activity may require a Generic Location, a Generic Activity and possibly a Specific Activity. Specific Activities are ones that pose increased potential for risk, especially with children or less experienced adults involved.
The implementation of these is supported by our well qualified and experienced staff, our monitoring by LtL Management and an all staff feedback system. This leads to continual improvement and a high level of engagement by all staff.
If you would like advice or training to develop a similar culture within your local authority or setting, do please contact us using the link and number below.
Your risk assessment benefits
Before making any changes to your risk assessments, you should satisfy yourself that it still meets any requirements that your Local Authority or Organisation has as policy. Do please call us for informal advice, or consider booking Risk Benefit training with us.