Risk Assessments for Schools and Youth Community Groups

The following general risk assessment gives an overview to the activities and associated hazards, along with primary control measures in place. Not all risks are present for every activity.

  • Parks Trust Public Liability Insurance: Aviva Insurance: 100611344CCI
  • Parks Trust Safeguarding Policy: Policy TPT-1038
  • We are also have accreditation from:  Institute of Outdoor Learning and Adventuremark through Learning Outside the Classroom

See below for the PDF version to print.

Risk

Activity/Task presenting risk

Hazard

Risk Rating

Existing Controls

Residual Risk

1

Bad behaviour, not following instructions

Injury to self or others

M

Teachers/Supervisors to ensure attendees are suitably behaved

L

2

Lost Child

Injury to self, members of public

L

Teachers/Supervisors to account for groups whereabouts

L

3

First Aid

Injury from equipment or outdoor environment

L

Teachers/Supervisors to provide first aid cover. (Parks Trust staff are all first aid trained & carry first aid kits as well)

L

4

Pond Dipping

Various associated with proximity to water from drowning to ill health

L

Teachers/Supervisors to remain with group through activities. All participants to practice good hygiene. Ponds selected for suitability for task.

L

5

Bush Craft

Use of tools, with injury possible ranging from cuts to bruises and burns

M

Teachers/Supervisors to ensure attendees are suitably behaved.

Parks Trust staff demonstrate correct use of all tools, ensure correctly maintained and in good repair

L

6

River Walk and Activities

Various associated with proximity to water from drowning to ill health

L

Teachers/Supervisors to remain with group through activities. All participants to practice good hygiene.

Parks Trust staff to find suitable place near river and students reminded not to enter water at any time.

L

7

Other Park Users

Dogs, Bikes, Scooters and members of the public

L

Teachers/Supervisors to remain with group through activities and be aware of other users using paths.

Parks Trust staff to brief students about other users and how to keep safe.

L

8

Collecting natural materials, investigating owl pellets, habitat creation

Natural Biohazards

L

Teachers/Supervisors to remain with group through activities. All participants to practice good hygiene.

The Parks Trust to brief students about activity and carry out a pre-visit site check

L

9

Outdoors in elements

Adverse Weather – high winds and lighting

L

Teachers/Supervisors to remain with group through activities. Communicate with The Parks Trust staff if feel session should be moved/postponed.

The Parks Trust staff to check weather forecast prior to session and monitor weather through session.

L

10

Emergency Situation

Extreme situation

L

The Parks Trust staff to take lead. Teachers/Supervisors to stay with group and follow instructions.

L

The Parks Trust also has detailed Risk Assessments for different types of activities that we offer to schools which are available our here or if you would like to be sent a copy please email: outdoorlearning@theparkstrust.com

PDF of Generic Risk Assessment for School and Community Sessions