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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.

Institute of Ideas
Tuesday, 11 December 2007

RSA - Risk and Childhood Response - see  for full discourse...

Ian Lewis, of Campaign for Adventure – Risk and Enterprise in Society, and clerk of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Adventure and Recreation in Society, put up a valiant effort to counter this state of affairs. He talked enthusiastically about testing young people’s ‘adventure thresholds’, setting ‘new horizons’, and berated us to ‘change our own perceptions of the possible’. Dr Tony Sewell, CEO of Generating Genius and a columnist with the black community newspaper The Voice, also injected a much needed dose of inspiration. He echoed Lewis’s warning that in the absence of sufficient risk taking opportunities children will seek it out in the kind of activities society frowns upon, like drug use and antisocial behaviour. If we don’t provide young people with the opportunities to take risks, he said, they’ll seek out bad risks and join gangs. We need more ‘controlled risk’ he continued.

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'Children need to have an accident'
Monday, 12 November 2007
'Children need to have an accident'

Health and safety "extremists" are preventing children from leading a healthy and robust lifestyle, the head of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has said. Tom Mullarkey accused "small-minded bureaucrats", of undermining genuine health and safety work.

He said officials should concentrate on making Britain "as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible".

"We do not believe in extremist health and safety ideas which would keep children wrapped in cotton wool.

"Our argument is that a skinned knee or a twisted ankle in a challenging and exciting play environment is not just acceptable, it is a positive necessity.

"We need to prepare children for a complex, dangerous world in which healthy, robust activity is more a national need than ever before.

"We think people should climb mountains, and sail boats - we are trying to help them in a practical way."




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