Produced by PLAYLINK, a registered charity which assists local communities to create adventure playgrounds for children. Established in 1962, PLAYLINK is recognised as the national authority on good practice for play provision of this type.
This essential handbook draws on PLAYLINK's 35 years experience with adventure playgrounds, introduces recent changes to legislation and gives guidance on the interpretation of legal responsibilities. It is intende for all those working as play officers, playworkers, playground designers or consultants in supervised play provision, legal advisers and regulatory authorities. It will also be of interst to anyone involved in leisure and recreation management and the design and construction of sports facilities.
Table of Contents
Part 1 - Introduction. The legal framework. The Health and Safety at Work Act and the Children Act. Staffing and training. Site and building. Structures and play features. Materials and equipment. Tools and equipment. Health and Hygiene. Accidents and emergencies. Activities off site.
Part 2. The Health and Safety Regulations. Other significant legislation.
'...this handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of the planning, design and operation of adventure playgrounds.' - The Leisure Manager
'...a reference book which concentrates on the elements that you need to have in place before you open the door to the children...' - Let's Play
'essential reading....several useful checklists....a very practical guide to carrying out risk assessments......good practical guide, well worth the cover price' - Managing Leisure
'...offers guidance on legal responsibilities, technical information on building play structures and advice on playwork practice.' - The Leisure Manager Supplement
'...a comprehensive guid to the theory and practice of the planning, design and operation of adventure playgrounds.' - Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management Bulletin