We talk to schools, in partnership with Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) about how they can create happier playtimes and better play spaces and how exposing children to risk will help reduce the number of accidents.
The Health and Safety Executive say,
when planning and providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits. No child will learn about risk if they are wrapped up in cotton wool.
Schools can be very risk averse which prevent children from doing what they want to do. If they are not allowed to run, jump, climb and dig because a risk assessment says they cannot they end up frustrated, get bored and fall out with each other