Seasonal & Exciting Workshops for December!

The next round of BPCN’s Workshops are being held during December.

The practical Winter Workshops will be exploring seasonal crafts and play ideas including:

* Decoration Building
* Print your own wrapping paper
* Make your own stocking


There will also be an exciting ‘Compendium’ workshop, filled with fun, games and quizzes in line with OFSTED descriptors.

For further details on all workshops and to book a place, please click on the links below.

Winter Workshop    Winter Workshop Booking From

Ofsted Descriptors Workshop  Ofsted Descriptor Booking Form

28 Nov 2014

Play Safety Forum launches new Risk-Benefit Assessment Form

New practical tool challenges the cotton wool culture and paves the way for more adventurous playtimes

The Play Safety Forum, a leading safety body, recently launched a new practical tool that tackles the cotton wool culture head-on and makes a positive case for risk, adventure and challenge as vital ingredients in children’s play. The initiative is supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the UK Government.

The document, entitled Risk-Benefit Assessment Form is an easy-to-use tool to support play providers to balance the benefits of an activity with any inherent risk, taking into account the risks while recognising the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences. It will be invaluable for all those who manage spaces and settings in which children play, and for those involved in designing and maintaining them.

The Risk-Benefit Assessment (RBA) Form is available in two formats: as a blank form, and as a hypothetical worked example based on a tree swing. It was commissioned and developed by the Play Safety Forum, which brings together all the leading UK agencies with an interest in play safety, and is co-authored by Professor David Ball, Tim Gill and Bernard Spiegal.

The RBA Form builds on over a decade of work by the Play Safety Forum to promote a more balanced approach to risk in children’s play. It is based on the Government-funded publication  Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide first published by Play England in 2008 and republished as a second edition in 2013.

Robin Sutcliffe, Chair of the Play Safety Forum said:

‘Children need and choose exciting places to play, which inevitably means managing situations that are inherently risky. The RBA form will help providers assess how this can be reconciled with a natural desire for children’s safety.’

Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE said:

‘Play – and particularly play outdoors – teaches young people how to deal with risk. Without this awareness and learning they are ill equipped to deal with adult life. Outdoor play and learning is an important part of our children’s education.

‘HSE endorses the proportionate advice in the RBA Form. We should all make sure that needless health and safety excuses do not get in the way of activities. Of course take sensible and reasonable precautions, but let young people play.’

The RBA Form is published by Play Scotland in partnership with Play England, Play Wales and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. It was sponsored by, and the copyright belongs to: Play Scotland; Play England: Play Wales and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

Download Risk-Benefit Assessment Form – Worked Example

Download Risk-Benefit Assessment Form – Word version

23 Nov 2014

Multi-faith safeguarding hub launched

Safe Network is pleased to announce the launch of their new safeguarding resource for faith groups: the Multi-faith safeguarding hub.

This unique online resource produced by Safe Network and partners from across the faith and voluntary sector provides access to a range of information, resources, support and networking opportunities with a multi-faith focus.

The hub aims to encourage faith based groups and organisations to share good safeguarding practice with each other.

It covers the six main faiths in the UK; Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism as well as an Inter-faith section. Within each section you will find:

* a film showing personal faith statements and activities with children and young people
* faith-specific stories and texts which show how children and young people are valued
* safeguarding case scenarios
* examples of best practice
* information and resources
* details of specialist organisations or other relevant links.

The Multi-faith hub is suitable for:

* individuals with a safeguarding role ! in their faith setting
* support services, community groups or other organisations who engage with their faith sector on safeguarding issues
* local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs)
* anyone with an interest in safeguarding within a faith setting.

This online resource is FREE and can be accessed here.

There will a webinar running on Wednesday 3rd December on using this new resource – click here to book your space.

23 Nov 2014

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