It’s health and safety gone sane!
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE, UK) has launched a statement that promotes a balanced, thoughtful approach to safety in children’s play.
The statement starts with a thumbs-up for adventurous, challenging play. It says that play allows children and young people to “explore and understand their abilities; helps them to learn and develop; and exposes them 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.” It recognises that “children will often be exposed to play environments which, whilst well-managed, carry a degree of risk and sometimes potential danger.” And it encourages schools, councils and others to “deal with risk responsibly, sensibly and proportionately.”
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One can only hope that the HSE in Ireland will follow suit.