CYPCORE 3.4 – Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
1.1 Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services There are a number of principles to think about when planning for healthy and safe environments or activities with children and young people. Most are common sense – just remember; everyone is an individual and may have particular needs. So factors to consider when planning a healthy and safe environment/service are: 1. Every child is an individual – with different needs depending on their age and abilities. This must be considered when planning activities, for example when they involve physical play, or if more consideration must be given to the needs of a child who has just become mobile than to an older child, when planning room layout. 2. Some children have specific needs such as sensory impairments; for example think about the challenges to a child with limited hearing understanding explanations about safety. 3. The different needs of families and carers must be considered. 4. Always be clear about why you are using the environment in question, the activities a child encounters and what sort of services are offered. 5. The duty of care of a setting to children, parents and carers is a legal obligation. You should always have the child’s safety and welfare uppermost in your mind when planning. The desired outcomes for the children and young people are the starting point. Most activities with children and young people should have clear aims and objectives that are based around the required outcome linked to their age; for example the EYFS for children under 5 years of age. Lines of responsibility and accountability: everyone employed has a responsibility for the health and safety of children and staff, but there should be clear reporting responsibilities.
1.3 Identify sources of guidance for planning healthy and safe environments |Health and Safety Executive | |Department of Education | |The Care standards Act | |COSHH | |Food Hygiene 2006 | |Manual Handling Regulations | |EYFS | |Child Accident Prevention Trust | |Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Relates to all different types of work related issues, they cover all aspects of health and safety in| |all different environments such as; | |• manual handling- Six steps to safe lifting, stop and think, position the feet, Bend the knees, firm grip and keep back straight, lift | |with legs, keep load close to your body. | |• Accidents (RIDDOR) - Report serious accidents/incidents (law). | |• ill health-(something that is caused due to work injury or substances | |• Hazardous substances-Fumes, smoke, lead poisoning,...
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