Unit 3.4 Supporting Children and Young People's Health and Safety

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"Health and safety in a school is about taking a sensible and proportionate approach to ensure the premises provide a healthy and safe place for all who use them, including the school work force, visitors and pupils." (HSE Health and Safety checklist for classrooms - August 2011)

Task 1

Factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe, indoor and outdoor environments and services are:

• Lines of responsibility - The Governing Body, Head teacher and Health and Safety Officer. Employees, for example yourself, caretaker and kitchen manager, visitors such as hirers and contractors. • Safeguarding and welfare - Safe recruitment for example, CRB checking, raising awareness of child protection, establishing a safe
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This ensures the staff are aware of risks and hazards, how to deal with them efficiently and who to report to.

Current health and safety legislation, policies and procedures are followed by employees at the school by reading the Health and Safety Policy and implementing the correct procedures such as the provision of first aid and knowledge of designated first aiders. The reporting and recording of accidents, Fire and Emergency procedures, attending the update of training, the need for parental consent for "when there is significant risk of injury before children participate in any activity." (Livingstone Primary School - May 2011) All Employees will report defective items of furniture and equipment and if able, remove.

Task 2

It is important when managing risks that a balanced approach is taken, the needs of pupils and their rights to learn, explore and play no matter what their age or ability needs to be taken into account. However their health and safety is paramount and excessive risks should not be taken.

An example of a balanced approach from my experience is the time when I was on morning playground duty, it came to my attention that the skipping ropes were not being used appropriately. The children had tied the skipping ropes to the climbing apparatus and were using them to swing on and climb. In my opinion this was an excessive risk because the children were at risk of getting

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