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The Campaign seeks to show that life is best approached in a spirit of exploration, adventure and enterprise; to influence and better inform attitudes towards risk; to build wider recognition that chance, unforeseen circumstances and uncertainty are inescapable features of life and that absolute safety is unachievable; and to demonstrate that sensible education and preparation enable an appropriate balance to be achieved between risk & safety and achievement & opportunity.

Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide
Foreword by Baroness Delyth & Morgan and Gerry Sutcliffe MP
The huge response to our recent Fair Play consultation shows that children and young
people want to play outside. They also want bigger and better play areas with more 
exciting, varied and challenging equipment and activities available to them.
As we carried out our Children’s Plan consultations around the county, we heard this
message from parents too. Strong new evidence tells us that play is not only vital as part 
of a happy childhood but is also needed to develop skills that are important for success in
life. The Government’s Play Strategy responds to this, and sets out a vision for excellent 
play opportunities in every local area. We want all children to enjoy playing outside in safe,
but exciting, environments.
Parents and children recognise that you can never make everything completely safe, and
that a balance is needed between risk and fun. As we said in the Government’s Staying 
Safe Action Plan, everyone has a role in making sure that children are safe to enjoy their
childhoods. To do this we all need to strike the right balance between protecting our
children from harm and allowing them the freedom to develop independence.
This Managing Risk in Play Provision guide sets out in clear, practical terms how this 
difficult balance can be achieved in play provision, through the decisions providers and
managers make locally. We are very pleased to have worked closely with the Health and
Safety Executive and other key partners to get this guidance right.
With the use of this guide and Design for Play: A guide to creating successful play spaces,
we look forward to more exciting, innovative and challenging play opportunities being
offered to our children and young people in every neighbourhood.
Baroness Delyth Morgan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children
Gerry Suttcliffe MP
Minister for Sport
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Breaking the Rules
Monday, 18 August 2008
From August 18, 2008

We must train people to break the rules Petty bureaucrats are a necessary evil. But we must instruct them in when to use their initiative and make exceptions

Lay out the entrails, read omens and auguries, study the heavens, shake your hoary locks like an ancient seer. Signs and portents bring us messages, and we should heed them ere civilisation crumbles.

Off Hope Cove, on the Devon coast, a crew of strong, experienced men has saved a girl's life with minutes to spare, only to find itself “disciplined” because the only boat available was classified as an “additional facility awaiting inspection”. Earlier and farther inland, see two more strong men standing helpless in their luminous Police Community Support uniforms, wittering into radios because they lacked the correct certificates to try to rescue a drowning boy.

Elsewhere, a coastguard resigned after saving a 13-year-old danging from a cliff. He failed to fetch and buckle on his own safety harness, and immediately found himself in trouble from bosses droning that they “don't want dead heroes”.

Meanwhile a thousand small habitual practices - from cake stalls to carpentry classes - find themselves under heavy reproof and restraint. And in a hospital ward somewhere a dying, frail old man repeatedly falls out of bed because nurses reckon that they can't put up his cot sides without a “risk assessment”, in case they breach his “human rights” and “unlawfully imprison” him.

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