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Exploring issues around risk in the outdoors
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A small but potentially significant win for risk benefit assessment

A small but potentially significant win for risk benefit assessment | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
A charity has successfully fought off a claim for a playground accident.
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Zero risk is not necessary as the benefits of experiencing risk are justified through rejected liability claim.
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Show or tell: How should educators and playworkers back up their real-time decisions about risk?

Show or tell: How should educators and playworkers back up their real-time decisions about risk? | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
How should the dynamic risk-benefit decision-making of educators, playworkers and other staff who oversee children be judged - and supported?
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recognizing that risk is subjective and fluid and needs a common sense approach that is responsive
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Two stories about why kids are not outdoors so much these days

Two stories about why kids are not outdoors so much these days | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
There is the media story on why kids are indoors more, and the true story. Or at least, the more true story.
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Why scaremongering about strangers has to stop

Why scaremongering about strangers has to stop | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
Let’s get one thing straight. The threat from strangers is vanishingly small and has been for years - no matter what you might think from the tabloid headlines and distorted television coverage. ...
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Two contrasting takes on play space design

Two contrasting takes on play space design | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
Play space design in the UK has undergone a renaissance. Lottery and government funding (while it lasted), inspirational ideas from overseas, and a more balanced approach to risk have all helped to fuel a growing number of great places for play.
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"Nothing ventured: balancing risks and benefits in the outdoors" | Understanding Uncertainty

"Nothing ventured: balancing risks and benefits in the outdoors" | Understanding Uncertainty | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it

Summary and links to Tim Gill's Nothing Ventured report balancing risk and benefits in the outdoors

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The R word: risk, uncertainty and the possibility of adverse outcomes in play

The R word: risk, uncertainty and the possibility of adverse outcomes in play | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
Why the word 'risk' is vital in confronting anxieties, embracing uncertainty and moving to a more balanced approach.
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Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It

Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
To protect our children we must allow them to play in ways deemed "risky."
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this seems to mirror exactly what is on offer at Forest School

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Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide

Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
Play England and government departments leading on play have published guidance which outlines how providers can strike a balance between the risks and benefits of offering children more challenging play opportunities.
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A broken limb, the Health and Safety Executive, and a good outcome

A broken limb, the Health and Safety Executive, and a good outcome | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
A tale from the frontline shows the value of clear messages from the nation’s safety regulator about the need for a balanced approach to risk.
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Moving on from the zero risk childhood

Moving on from the zero risk childhood | Risk in the Outdoors | Scoop.it
The ‘cotton wool kid’ – cosseted, watched over, insulated from all possible harm - has become a potent symbol of our fear-filled, risk-averse times. Across the rich nations, children are stat...
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Children's Play and evaluation - final report

3 year project to explore and evaluate play projects around the country reveals the benefits of free play and risky play as well as a vareity of attitudes towards play.

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