Risk Assessments


Derbyshire LEA establishments need to submit risk assessments for off site forest schools activities and programmes via EVOLVE, for approval by Derbyshire County Council Education Visits Team.

If you have any queries please contact: Alison Latymer, School Visits Advisor, 01629 535708 or 07917 070759 alison.latymer@derbyshire.gov.uk

If you require any other Forest Schools advice, support or mentoring, want to improve your fire lighting, tool use and shelter building skills or would like to undertake other higher risk activities please contact Derbyshire Forest Schools (Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service) on 01246 208267 or email forestschools@derbyshire.gov.uk

DCC Guidance: You can find links to specific guidance produced by Derbyshire County Council on ‘Managing Small Fires on School Grounds’ and ‘Tree Climbing as part of a Forest School Programme’ by clicking on the links on the right. These are also published on EVOLVE.


Why Risk Benefit – Learning through Landscapes have collated current policy and guidelines here and this accompanying diagram Dynamic Risk Benefit Judgements

You can view a list of the Risk and Risk Benefit Assessments used by Learning through Landscapes here


managing-risk-in-play-provision 2nd Edition Published 2012

The Play Safety Forum, formed in 1993, exists to consider and promote the wellbeing of children and young people through ensuring a balance between safety, risk and challenge in respect of play and leisure provision. It is an independent body hosted by Play England. For further information about the Play Safety Forum visit www. playengland.org.uk/playsafetyforum.

‘This guide is written for those responsible for managing play provision, especially unstaffed public play areas, and for those involved in designing and maintaining such provision. The general approach – though not all the detail – should also be useful for people who manage other spaces and settings in which children play, such as school playgrounds, parks, open spaces, civic spaces, adventure playgrounds, wheeled sports facilities, sports and leisure services, childcare settings, natural outdoor environments and visitor attractions’

 From a Forest School perspective there is some useful general information and information regarding risk/benefit assessment.


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