Risk / Benefit Assessment

Risk Benefit Assessment is a tool for developing ‘play specific’ risk assessments within the play provision.  There is a growing understanding that play is quite unique, where risk is an inherent part of the process and, therefore, should be assessed in a unique way.

The Health & Safety Executive has recognised this and has distributed the following key message ‘Play is great for children’s well-being and development.  When planning and providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits.  No child will learn about risk if they are wrapped in cotton wool.’

The training gives an overview of:

  • the necessity for play specific assessment
  • the difference between work based assessments and play specific assessment
  • the practicalities of using play specific assessment

The training will also provide the learner with:

  • Practical advice and tools that will support play specific assessment
  • An interactive, pro-active learning environment
  • A tailored approach to suit their individual needs and learning style

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

This workshop is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to explore the many factors that impact upon the provision of play opportunities for all young people, and the use of playwork methods and principles.

It is intended to:

  • To familiarise participants with the relevant legislation, guidance and best practice where equality, diversity and inclusion is concerned within playwork.
  • To familiarise participants with the models of disability, and how each perspective impacts upon playwork, play opportunities and inclusive practice.
  • To provide participants with an opportunity to discuss areas of uncertainty, ask questions, receive advice, guidance and clarification.
  • To provide participants with an understanding of appropriate language to be used in relation to disability and diversity.
  • To provide participants with sources of further information and guidance.
  • To provide an introduction to, and raise awareness of, the themes of equality, diversity and inclusion from a playwork perspective.

QCF Playwork, Level 2 and 3

This is a work based qualification, with 3 stages within each level, Award, Certificate and Diploma. The QCF aims to provide skills, knowledge and competence required to work in Playwork. Work is assessed through Assignment work and assessment in the workplace.

P3 Level 2 and Level 3

These courses are designed so learners gain understanding and skills in a progressive incremental way.

Each part (Award, Certificate and Diploma) builds on the foundations of the previous course, reinforcing and extending learning. Together the three parts make up the full qualification. This modular approach allows learners some flexibility in achieving their qualification.

As well as attending class, learners are expected to carry out playwork practice in order to put into practice what they have learnt. Playwork practice hours can be paid or unpaid (voluntary) and undertaken at any suitable setting where learners facilitate children’s play. These hours are important as they allow time for learners to put into practice what they have learnt and they are part of the course requirements. The hours should normally be completed within 10 weeks of completing the taught portion of the course. (

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