UK Authorities Promoting Benefits of Risk in Play
This is such a step in the right direction we just had to throw it up as news - the UK authorities on health and Safety, the Health and Safety Executive and Play Safety Forum, have finally made it official that managed risk is an essential part of a child's development, and that risk in play outdoors should be encouraged.
This is a very significant statement, and something that we have been advocating and ensuring through parkour teaching for the last 7 years. Parkour is a natural progression of a young person's play, giving it just a little more focus and discipline to make real gains and developed true risk-management skills and physical and mental competences.
The joint Statement recognises the importance of play for children's well-being and development. The overarching message to all bodies that have an impact on children's play is that when planning and providing opportunities the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits - no child will learn about risk if they are wrapped in cotton wool. PSF and HSE are now urging all organisations to embrace the recommendations and principles in the Statement. Click here to read the full statement.