Risk and Safety in Play: The Law and Practice for Adventure Playgrounds

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Chapter 3

Staffing and training

3.1 STAFFING

Sufficient well-qualified/trained full-time permanent staffing is essential to the concept of adventure playgrounds, as the success of any adventure playground will depend upon the quality and effectiveness of workers and the trust built between workers and children.

Adventure playground work is very demanding. A wide and detailed knowledge of a range of practical skills is required, alongside awareness and understanding of a range of statutory requirements and their applications to playwork.

However, that knowledge is itself only a background to playwork. The function of playwork in adventure playgrounds is to facilitate the growth and development of children. The play worker is the orchestrator of the resources needed to enhance that development. Therefore understanding and the skilful application of the knowledge of child development, play and children's behaviour is required. Alongside those the playworker will need to be skilful in a number of practical activity areas.

Playworkers are primarily workers with children and it is this function which will place greatest stress upon them. The potential for high levels of demand upon the worker must not be overlooked. Systems for the support of workers including non-managerial supervision must be provided. Managers, in consultation with workers, should set objectives and attainable targets.

The adventure playground is a unique style of workplace. The playworker, though primarily a worker with children and young people in the broad range of physical and social activities we characterize as 'play', is also charged with responsibility for the development and maintenance of the physical environment. The playworker, therefore, is expected to have high levels of skill in two separate and different general areas, each of which may, in their turn, comprise many distinct skills. The playworker is faced not only with the need to acquire, develop and apply these various skills, but also with reconciling the sometimes conflicting demands of the different elements of their work.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Play Statement x
  • Part One 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Further Reading 7
  • Chapter 1 - The Legal Framework 9
  • Chapter 2 - The Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and the Children Act 1989 13
  • 2.8 Further Reading 27
  • Chapter 3 - Staffing and Training 29
  • Chapter 4 - Adventure Playground Site and Building 41
  • 4.8 Further Reading 59
  • Chapter 5 - Structures and Play Features 61
  • Chapter 6 - Materials and Equipment 101
  • Chapter 7 - Tools and Work Equipment 119
  • Chapter 8 - Health and Hygiene 131
  • Chapter 9 - Accidents and Emergencies 141
  • Chapter 10 - Activities off the Site 153
  • Part Two - Summaries of Legislation and Regulation 167
  • Chapter 11 - Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, the Regulations 169
  • Chapter 12 - Other Significant Legislation 185
  • Appendix 1 193
  • Appendix 2 194
  • Appendix 3 197
  • Appendix 4 199
  • Appendix 5 201
  • Appendix 6 203
  • Appendix 7 215
  • Appendix 8 223
  • Appendix 9 225
  • Appendix 10 227
  • Appendix 11 228
  • Appendix 12 229
  • Appendix 13 231
  • Appendix 14 233
  • Appendix 15 237
  • Appendix 16 239
  • Appendix 17 240
  • Appendix 18 241
  • Appendix 19 243
  • Index 247
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