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No matter how good your risk assessments, children will always
find a something that you have not thought of even in your wildest
dreams. You do the best you can!
Once a session plan has been drawn up we compile a risk
assessment for each activity.
Site ones will already be in place and checked regularly. In our
case the rangers will check the site in-depth once a
As the leader you need to check the site daily taking into
account prevailing weather conditions. Our handbook states that we
will not run sessions when there is lightning or gale force winds
(we use Beaufort Scale 6 - strong breeze, 25-31 mph,
large branches in motion and umbrellas used with
So the Risk Assessments that should ideally be in place are:
- Site - all the usual checks associated with
the site should be checked regularly and acted on, e.g. dead
branches that may fall, brambles overgrown.
- Daily - checking site is acceptable for that
day's activities. This includes the 4 levels of the woodland
structure and any 'wild' features like special events that may
increase the number of public nearby.
- Activity/Session - a break down of the risks
associated with each of the activities planned for the