You need to discuss:
Any activity involves risk, however if the activity is well planned and organised, with thoughts to the possible risks (Carrying out risk assessments) the likelihood of an accident happening is minimal. Staff need to balance the risk of an activity against the benefit to and safety of the child.
Risk and challenges are important to children, avoiding risks and challenging would result in a very timid child/ adult who would lack in everyday skills and abilities and wouldn’t be aware of risks and dangers. Children need to explore and take risks to learn and develop.
Link this to the UN Convention – Articles,
How children learn and develop by making choices and trying out new experiences but they do not always have the skills and judgements to make safe choices. So how might you support children?
Children need freedom to make choices however they must be kept safe so how do you deal with this dilemma. For example: A disabled child may be restricted in play at home because of parental concern that the child could hurt themselves. However in a well controlled environment the child could be encouraged to explore and try out new skills.
How have you encouraged children to take risks, have freedom, choices and independence however maintained their safety?
Hope this helps