Unit 7: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety.

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Unit 7: Support Children and Young people's Health and Safety. All schools in the UK have a health and safety policy, in which they have to adhere to requirements. There are many current health and safety legislations, policies and procedures. These include the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which was created to protect those at work by following procedures in order to prevent accidents. In a school setting, it is compulsory to follow the rules of this act. Schools must have an annual risk assessment so that they can determine areas of the school which could be dangerous; the same applies for activities in the school. They also determine the possibility of specific hazards happening and who in particularly would be at risk.…show more content…
Children and young people can be made aware of risks and hazards through the delivering of safety education including the PSHE (personal, social and health education) curriculum. It is important to have a balanced approach to risk management because it can be important to a child and young persons development; it could be independence or confidence. By taking a balanced approach, they are learning how to assess and manage risks which is an essential life skill. The importance of following policies and procedures for health and safety is distinct. By providing children and young people with the knowledge, means that they too can see what is safe, not only in the school setting, but outside of school as well. When an emergency situation arises, it's essential that you are able to recognise it, as well as respond. Emergency situations such as fires are suddenly notice and quick recognition can be crucial. When aware of a fire, alert the nearest fire alarm and evacuate the building through the nearest fire exit. If you at any point in the school day hear the fire alarm. Everyone must immediately leave the building via their nearest fire exit (this is rehearsed often throughtout the year to make sure everyone is fully aware of what to do). If a child has an illness, then you must first speak to the child in question and become

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