This form is designed to support a balanced approach to risk management using the process of risk-benefit assessment (RBA). It is aimed at those involved in providing play opportunities in a range of contexts, including play areas, public parks, green spaces, out-of-school childcare settings, playwork settings, schools and early years services. It builds on the guidance document Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide (2nd edition), published in 2013 by the Play Safety Forum with Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. See this publication for a fuller discussion of the principles and approach set out here.
Those using this form should focus on the significant risks that the play provision gives rise to The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines significant risks as those that go beyond everyday life and that “are capable of creating a real risk to health and safety which any reasonable person would appreciate and would take steps to guard against.”