We always need to consider any risks involved to see whether what we're planning to do is worth the risk - you only have one life to live! When you're organising things involving other people, more responsibility lies with you. Always talk risks through with your supervisor.
For example, do you need members of the first aid team? Should there be a letter to parents? This should especially be considered where younger students are involved.
RISK ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS
As much of your CAS/S&A may take place outside of school, it is essential that you consider the safety of your intended experiences to minimize the risk of you, and others working with you, coming to harm. While the learner profile encourages you to be a ‘risk taker’, it is very important that you do not place yourselves in danger.
Please consider the following and fill out as needed for your activity or project - what potential risks do you need to consider?
1. Highlight potential risks, considering the likelihood of them occurring, and the severity of the outcomes if they do occur.
The following are some examples of potential risks:• People you work with (do you feel safe with them)
• Environment (terrain weather temperature)
• Transport to and from the venue
• Equipment (is it maintained? dangerous e.g. knives, tools)
• Activity (is it a dangerous thing you are doing e.g. constructing a wall?)
• Weather conditions (heat, cold, rain, lightening)
• Emotional distress
• Physical activity
2. Outline methods to reduce the chance of exposure to the risk
The following are some examples of ways to reduce the chance of exposure to the risk
• Wear safety equipment/clothing
• Your own physical, health and psychological conditions.
• Appropriate supervision
• Avoiding certain behaviours
• Communication (how can someone contact you?)
• Personal experience
• Debriefing / counseling
• Safety guidelines / rules
3. Outline the steps you would take in case the risk occurs• Emergency Contacts (how do you get help?)
• First Aid (is somebody qualified)
Other points to consider:• Location
• Should you do the activity by your selves or will it be safer as a pair/group
• Who will supervise your involvement
• Ensure someone knows where you are going and your expected return time.
• Should you continue participation if you feel it is too risky?