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Risk-Benefit Assessments

An introduction to the concept of risk benefit assessments, with a particular focus on mud kitchens, plus sample documents, templates & links.

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Risk management in play contexts is different from workplace or factory contexts in one crucial respect. In play provision, a degree of risk is often beneficial, if not essential. Children and young people enjoy challenging, adventurous play opportunities where they can test themselves and extend their abilities. Giving children the chance to encounter hazards and take risks provides other benefits, such as the chance to learn how to assess and manage these and similar risks for themselves. Hence accidents and injuries are not necessarily a sign of problems, because of the value of such experiences in children’s learning. Unlike conventional risk assessment, RBA takes account of benefits by bringing together consideration of risks and benefits when deciding on appropriate responses.
Play Safety Forum, Risk-Benefit Assessment Form Worked Example, 2014

Risk-benefit assessments

Below you’ll find a range of pdfs and documents to download, created by a range of authors, offering an introduction to the concept of risk benefit assessments, plus some templates for assessments, with a particular focus on mud kitchens.

The templates are working documents, offering you ideas rather than finished assessments. This is to ensure that the author of the assessments fully interacts with their own processes, and any assessment created is relevant to your specific setting. These documents are a guide to support your own health and safety procedures and are not designed to be complete in any way.

Explanation Risk Benefit Assessment Niki Willows

pdf, 376.33 KB

Making things easier Assessing risks

pdf, 51.77 KB

Risk Benefit Assessment EXAMPLE mud kitchen ingredients

word, 55.81 KB

Risk Benefit Assessment TEMPLATE mud kitchen resources

word, 53.25 KB

Risk Benefit Assessment TEMPLATE mud kitchen Infrastructure

word, 55.30 KB

Risk Benefit Assessment TEMPLATE individuals and group needs

word, 55.30 KB

Risk Benefit Assessment TEMPLATE mud kitchen weather

word, 61.44 KB

Risk Assessment process five steps

pdf, 91.64 KB

Benefit Risk Assessment EXAMPLE mud kitchen digging patch

pdf, 541.93 KB

Risk Benefit Assessment Template

word, 358.91 KB

For more on risk in play visit our Health & Wellbeing information page

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