Go outdoors!: guidance and good practice on encouraging outdoors activities in residential child care

Authors:
SCOTTISH INSTITUTE FOR RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE, et al
Publisher:
Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
15p.

Produced in response to requests from local authorities across Scotland following the publication of 'Playing it safe: a report on outdoor activities for looked-after children', this practice guidance promotes the rights of children and young people in residential care to participate in everyday outdoor activities. It aims to help practitioners and managers to carry out their duty of care safely and responsibly, and to clarify legal responsibilities and promote practice in accordance with high professional standards. Its key messages are: that residential care providers and commissioners should encourage appropriate risk-taking; that there is no need to complete complex and repeated risk assessment forms for normal everyday outdoor activities; that parental consent is not required for a child to participate in routine activities provided by residential establishments; and that residential care providers should develop appropriate and proportionate risk assessment policies and procedures specific to their situation. It looks at the basis of good practice, policy considerations, developing organisational guidance to support good practice, and record keeping for outdoor activity.

Subject terms:
leisure activities, looked after children, physical exercise, play, residential child care, risk, risk assessment, risk management, duty of care;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
Scotland
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