Risk Assessment


 Everything we do in life has risks. In Scouts, with groups of youngsters with energy to burn, to run an exciting active programme there will always be an element of risk that something will go wrong.

As Leaders, we manage those risks continuously - it is called running a programme!

We make judgements, and act to keep the Scouts safe.

  • What are the hazards?
  • What might go wrong?
  • What are you going to do to control it?

Record it!!

This can be a simple process- I suggest that you include a few lines of risk assessment when you write down your weekly programme, and for any camp or activity programme.

There is a useful guidance factsheet : http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/facts/pdfs/fs120000.pdf

I have also put an example programme sheet with some basic risk assessment information on this website: I suggest you can adapt this or your own programme sheet to provide an ‘aide memoire’ covering basic routine risk assessment, and record attendance and any minor incidents.