Unit 4 Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety

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Unit 4 Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s health and safety All activities involving children and vulnerable adults, regardless of their nature and apparent risk level, should be planned. Part of this involves undertaking a risk assessment to consider the dangers and difficulties which may arise, and make plans to reduce them. This means that before an indoor or outdoor activity is carried out, the environment in which the activity will take place will have been previously observed and any hazards removed. Factors to be taken into consideration include: • The individual needs, age and abilities of the children and young people• Specific risks to individuals such as pregnancy, sensory impairments etc.• The needs of carers where relevant • The function and purpose of environments and services offered• The duty of care• Desired outcomes for the children and young people• Lines of responsibility and accountability The individual needs of a child are very important, and knowing children and young people well when planning activities and designing risk assessments. Knowledge of the child can influence the risk assessments as knowledge of allergies, physical ability, concentration span, and knowing how favoured the activity is can help in understanding the risk involved and how to make the activity as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone involved. For example, when planning a swimming trip, knowledge of whether the child can swim is vitally important. It is also important to know when creating risk assessments for our company how favoured an activity is, as the children we work with have challenging behaviour and developmental needs, which can cause them to get upset and anxious, this can be caused if an activity is

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