Any plans for the children in your service to be playing and doing activities outdoors this Spring and Summer? In Ireland we love the sunshine and it’s a great treat to be outside when the weather is as nice as it has been of late. Remember, an important part of bringing the children outdoors is taking stock of risk and controlling for the risk areas that are likely to expose children to danger or injury. One way is to use our Risk Assessment Form.
This week’s Friday Freebie is our Outdoor Risk Assessment form. Risk assessment is an important part of providing a safe and secure environment for the children and staff in your service.
The Outdoor Risk Assessment is part of the Risk Assessment pack provided by Canavan Byrne. The Risk Assessment pack includes 27 risk assessment sheets for Buildings, Outdoor, and daily risk checks. The pack also includes forms for Garda vetting, pregnancy, manual handling and recruitment as well as 3 sheets relating to Risky Play and a template for Safety Briefing for Specific Events.
We have gotten feedback from Early Years services that their experience with Tusla inspections underlines that safety and risk assessment need to be top priority, and our Risk Assessment pack is a great way to document how conscientious your service is with regard to analysing and minimising risk as much as possible.
We hope our Outdoor Risk Assessment form will get you started thinking about how to approach risk assessment for your service and give you some idea how risk assessment should be documented. Remember we really want to hear from you about your own risk assessment process and any safety concerns you might have. If there is anything we haven’t covered adequately in our Risk Assessment pack let us know and we’ll add it. We also are interested in hearing any of your experiences with inspection. If you have any feedback for us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.