Why it is important to take a balanced approach to risk management It is important to take a balanced approach to risk management so not to over protect the children we care for but providing them with the safety to explore and make some decisions about risks confidently themselves with guidance. Children need to learn to manage some risks themselves and recognise their own boundaries and limitations by practitioners helping children and young people recognise the risks and dangers around them in the appropriate way.
The dilemma between the rights and choices of children and young people and health and safety requirements.
When children are involved in new activities to progress their development it can create conflict or dilemmas between duty of care and an individual’s rights. You should always:
* Risk assess activities and the environment, making sure it is suitable for the all the children involved and take extra care when a child has a disability and also with new activities.
* If things go wrong, make a sensible decisions and weight up the risks against an individual’s rights.
* You should always take into consideration the safety of the children and others, if it’s against the law or morally wrong.
example from own practice of supporting children or young people to assess and manage risk Within my setting children are provided with both child led and adult led activity’s all activity’s provided are risk assessed. The toddler room which I work within is free flowing into the garden. Children must wear appropriate clothing out in the garden, but are free to come in and out as they choose and pick activities in the garden such as the slid climbing frame, obstacle course, cars bikes, sand and water play. Practitioners will be both indoors and...