Risk aversion is the problem – seminar outlines
While children today may have greater technological freedom, their lives have become more restricted, as a risk-averse society is ever more fearful of predators and danger. But the need to expose children to some risk, in order to develop resilience and life skills, will be the focus of discussion at the ‘Too Safe To Play?’ seminars, held by Children in Scotland and Play Scotland.
At a successful conference held at the end of last year, which looked at similar themes, Ronnie Hill, Director of Children`s Services Regulation, Care Commission told delegates that, “The importance of appropriate risk-taking in children`s physical and emotional development is crucial. All activities will have some degree of risk associated with them. We want to encourage good risk management, not risk aversion.”
With rising demand from educators and providers to support the implementation of a Managing Risk ethos in learning and play provision, the two new seminars will follow on from the original conference, examining how best to keep young people safe, but also armed with the skills to make decisions for themselves.
Highlighting the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting the agenda, Minister for Children and Early Years, Adam Ingram, will speak at one of the events. Attendees will also hear from Tim Gill, specialist on childhood and children's play and author of No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society.
Speaking ahead of the events, Tim Gill said: “Everyone agrees that we've all become too anxious and fearful about children, and that they are losing out as a result. The time has come to move on from unhelpful debates about the so-called ‘blame’ culture, and to take some practical steps that will support a more balanced approach.”
"Risk-benefit assessment does just that. It is a thoughtful, commonsense method that will help councils, schools and other services overcome their fears and give children more adventurous, challenging play opportunities."
Marguerite Hunter Blair, Chief Executive, Play Scotland said: "Promoting a risk benefit approach to risk management enables play providers to develop a wide range of challenging play opportunities that boost children and young people’s self esteem and well being."
Notes for Editors –
The ‘Too Safe To Play?’ seminars are taking place in Scottish Borders (Newton St Boswells) on 20 May, and in Ayr on 25 May. For further information visit, www.childreninscotland.org.uk/safe
Minister for Children and Early Years, Adam Ingram will be speaking at the Ayr event.
For more information, contact Lynn Gilmour, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 222 2443.