Learning Outcome 1: Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s health and safety.
In order to ensure a safe and healthy environment and services for children/young people there are some factors which need to be taken into account. These include any equipment which they will be in contact with, such as electrical equipment, anything which may pose a fire risk, any damaged furniture or fixtures which they may come into contact with. If there are any cables or anything they may trip over as well as any spillages or anything they may slip on and fall. All if these issues need to be taken into account to promote the physical safety of the child/young person. As well as physical safety we need to be able to assess their mental safety for example if a child was using a computer to access the internet we need to ensure measures are in place to prevent them accessing inappropriate material. As well as this any audio or visual tools need to be age appropriate in order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the child/young person. 1.2
In any working environment health and safety needs to be closely monitored and maintained to ensure that everyone is aware of any risks or hazards which may arise. This will allow them to work safely and ensure a safe environment for themselves and anyone in their care. In order to make everyone aware of the health and safety measures in place there should be regular meetings and fire drills to make sure everyone knows their roles in the case of an emergency. There should be regular inspections of building and equipment as well as daily checks of the environment by staff in order to allow the activities to run smoothly and safely. It is important that the children/young people are aware what to do in an emergency and that this is communicated clearly to them in order to avoid them panicking or being frightened for example in the case of an evacuation.
In order to carry out these checks to the required standard, help and support would be available from Department of education, government publications online, and the local policing service. In relation to the locality, identifying a local fire assembly point and an evacuation plan is essential in the case of an emergency; the local fire service will assist in creating this plan as well as assessing the environment for fire safety. Any further information which may be required could be requested from the local council. All of the issues surrounding health and safety should be inspected on a regular basis either from the education board or a private risk assessment company.
Current and most up-to-date health and safely legislation and procedures are briefed in staff meetings through discussions and demonstration. All staff are made aware of where to find the literature and the legalisation relating to the most recent releases on the notice board. All staff can access this information on site as well as online. Demonstrations include first aid courses in which staff participates in various health and safety activities such as CPR and recognising symptoms of illnesses or potential injury which could arise while a child/young person is doing a certain activity. Health and safety policies are reviewed regularly to allow for improved risk assessment or to allow for a change to roles within the work place, for example if someone is appointed first aider. All of these measures allow for a safer and healthier environment for both staff, children/young people, parents and visitors alike. Learning Outcome 2: Be able to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a work setting or off site visits.
In order to keep people safe, healthy and secure in the work place we need to be able to identify any issues or hazards which may cause damage or harm to any children/young people,...