There is risk involved in everything we do, and risk isn’t a bad thing. When it comes to risky play we know the benefits far outweigh the risks. Children who are allowed to swing on the Monkey Bars alone or climb to the top of the Tangle Frame can get a better sense of their own limits and learn to operate within them. They’ll build confidence in their skills, become more competent movers and have a greater sense of wellbeing.
The HSE and the Play Safety Forum have produced a joint statement promoting a balanced approach to play and risk. This statement makes clear that:
- Play is important for children’s well-being and development, that play brings the world to life for children.
- Play exposes children to the realities of the world in which they will live, which is a world not free from risk but rather one where risk is ever present.
- When planning and providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits.
- Those providing play opportunities should focus on controlling the real risks, while securing or increasing the benefits – not on the paperwork.
- Accidents and mistakes happen during play – but fear of litigation and prosecution has been blown out of proportion.
- Industry standards such as EN 1176 offer bench marks that can help.
Copper Beech Play is Rospa accredited, we are near completion of the Learning Through Landscapes Professional Accreditation and all our play equipment is manufactured to standards EN1176 and EN1177.
What surfacing requirements do I need to consider?
All equipment with a greater fall height than 1m should be installed on a ‘Safer Surface’ of deep wood chip or rubber surfacing. Under 1m equipment can be installed on turf or top soil. Copper Beech Play will explain and install all surfacing requirements for your project, with the cost shown on our detailed quote.
We are always happy to talk about your ideas and offer advice on how best to successfully deliver your project, please feel free to contact us, we’d love to hear from you.