New Risk Assessment Guidelines

New Risk Assessment Guidelines

08 February 2021

Everything we do involves some form of risk, so it's important that we have plans in place to manage it. We want to provide excitement for our young people, but not expose them to danger; we want to seek adventure, and not hazard.

Risk assessing doesn't need to be complicated - you risk assess all the time in daily life! Really - simple examples include putting on a seat belt, using oven gloves, and unplugging the TV. The list could go on...

In the Scout hall, you'll already have been risk assessing for activities and games by planning and making sure activities are run in a safe manner. 

The key difference now is that, from January 2021, you are required to record your thoughts and plans for every activity and ensure that they're communicated to everyone involved.

It's a straight forward process, though. Just follow the steps below.

Plan Do Check Act

Plan out the activity with your fellow leaders - discuss any hazards and what controls are required to be put in place. Record your findings. 
Do explain to the young people the safety parameters and rules of activity or game ensuring controls are in place and maintained throughout. 
Check that the activity or game is running smoothly and from a safety perspective the controls you have put in place are working.
If everything is great, continue. If things need changed, to ensure safety is maintained, then change and record any updated information.

 In Scouting, this translates into a simple five-step process:

 

 

Recording allows you to demonstrate that you've thought the activity through and are putting the safety of all involved at the forefront of planning. Recording can be simple, but it must be done and shared with everyone in your team. 

If you're in doubt, you can have a look at our examples below, and there's also a bunch of advice and great materials available to help you on the Scouts UK website .

Stay safe!