Risk assessment test

  • We aim to ensure that all our environments, activities, trips, outings, materials and equipment are safe for children, staff, parents and visitors. The purpose of these forms is to ensure that any hazards associated with these are identified, removed or minimised to an acceptable level of risk. We appreciate that children and young people need some level of risk in their activities, trips and outings in order to ensure that they continue to develop, but these risks are assessed to ensure that any risks are appropriate to individual ages and stages of development. Where the risk is beneficial to their learning and deemed acceptable, staff should refer to a Risk Benefit Assessment.

    What is the difference between a hazard and a risk?

    A hazard is an article, substance, piece of equipment or an installation with the potential to cause harm. A risk is a measure of the probability that the hazards, (potential for harm), will materialise if certain controls are not put in place. For example, a trailing wire, spillage or loose material. Our responsibility is to ensure that we remove the hazards or assess them to determine if the risk will benefit the children in exploring it, and if we consider if it is safe to do.