The purpose of this policy
- As far as possible, to remove hazards within the venue that could cause serious injury to children and young people using our services, or to our volunteers.
- Where such hazards cannot be removed, to put in place procedures and processes that protect children and adults from potential harm caused by hazards;
- To ensure that we take a balanced and proportionate approach to accident prevention, so that volunteers can do their work effectively, and so that children and young people can be adventurous, and can learn to understand and deal with risks as they grow up;
- To provide volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to accident prevention;
- To ensure that, as an organisation, we operate in line with our values and within the law in terms of how we approach accident prevention.
We recognise that:
- the welfare of the children/young people who come into contact with our services is paramount and should govern our approach to accident prevention;
- all children and adults, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from serious injury;
- risk assessment needs to take account of children’s changing needs as they grow and develop, and should be mindful of needs resulting from disability and factors that may make some children more vulnerable than others;
- working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare and in helping young people and adults to be responsible in their approach to accident prevention;
- we cannot and should not try to create a completely risk-free environment, as this would prevent us from being able to carry out any meaningful work with children and young people and would not be in their best interests; our emphasis is therefore on preventing serious or avoidable accidents and on managing risk appropriately.
We will seek to prevent serious and avoidable accidents by:
- ensuring that we are aware of and fulfil our responsibilities under health and safety and fire safety legislation;
- appointing a health and safety officer who is responsible for attending to our legal responsibilities in this area and for accident prevention measures;
- using our accident prevention plan to help us assess, monitor and review risks, both on and off the premises, and to take appropriate action to eliminate or manage hazards in a timely and organised fashion;
- informing volunteers, parents, carers and young people of their responsibilities to keep themselves safe, and making sure that they understand these and all relevant accident prevention procedures;
- making sure that any equipment we use is safe and stored appropriately, and that staff, volunteers and, where appropriate, young people are trained in how to use it safely;
- ensuring that we are aware of any allergies, health or developmental issues that could increase the vulnerability of individual children and adults;
- preparing, serving and storing food in a way that avoids dangers of food poisoning, burns, scalds, choking or accidents caused by such things as shards of glass or small components from kitchen equipment being mixed up with food;
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers on accident prevention issues through supervision, support and training.
- We will undertake a risk assessment check on our premises and activities every 12 months, and will use this as opportunity to make sure that points for action identified in the previous check have been followed up and acted upon;
- We will keep records of our risk assessments and reviews;
- We will regularly check our equipment in accordance with legislation and/or best practice;
- We will check and update our records on children’s and adults’ medical needs, allergies etc at least annually;
- We will check our records of contact details for parents and carers at least annually;
- We will confirm every six months that our first aid boxes are in working order and adequately stocked;
- We will review entries in the accident book every six months and take action to prevent similar accidents in the future, as far as possible;
- We will review our insurance arrangements on an annual basis.
Health and Safety Officer:
Name: Christopher Lewis
Phone: 01630 801860
Mobile: 07508 487092
We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.
This policy was last reviewed on: 16th December 2020