Support Children and Young People’s Health & Safety
Learning Outcome 1
Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s health & safety
1.1) Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services.
When planning any kind of activity with children and young people there are a number of factors you must take into consideration. You must make sure that the environment is free of hazards and children can work safely. Rooms should be organised so that they are safe and there is enough space for the number of people to move around comfortably. Everyone should be able to access materials and equipment without their being any risk involved. There should be enough lighting for the children to work comfortably and you should check that any artificial lighting isn’t too harsh and may cause headaches. You should also check that the noise surrounding the room is an acceptable level at all times.
It is important also to take into account any specific risk to individuals such as pregnancy, a sensory impairment or any other needs which may impact on the way you plan the environment or carry out activities. When planning activities and environments you should also take into account the specific needs of the young people you’re working with, such as the age, abilities and needs of them. You should be particularly aware of any special educational needs the children may have. Furniture should be an appropriate size for the children to sit comfortably whilst working. As we have a duty of care to children we should make sure the environment they are working in makes them feel comfortable and secure and be conducive to learning.
Outdoor spaces should be secure and boundaries should be inspected regularly to ensure they are safe. The areas should be checked to make sure that there is no litter, broken glass or animal mess. If you are the person responsible for