Risk assessment for new groups

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Groups should carry out a written risk assessment of both group nights and camps. For more information please see the Woodcraft Groups Health & Safety Policy, which includes a template for risk assessments.

You do not need to complete a written risk assessment for every activity, just every type e.g. cooking, arts & crafts, visits to the park. Written risk assessments showing risks identified and how these will be minimised should be kept on file and available at both group nights and camps. It is important that these assessments are available to all involved and are reviewed at the end of term or following any incidents or accidents.

Some groups also involve the children in preparing risk assessments, as one important element of risk assessment is communicating the risk and enabling participants to take responsibility for managing risk.

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