There are many different sources of current guidance that educational settings can use in order to plan for a healthy and safe environment or service including the following:
Health and Safety Executive(HSE)
Department of Education
St Johns Ambulance
The British Red Cross
British Standards Institute(BSI)
Child Accident Prevention Trust(CAPT)
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)
The Health and Safety Executive covers all aspects of Health and Safety in all work environments and also provides guidance for those specifically working with children. It provides advice on specific topics such as accident reporting, risk assessments, manual handling, control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), provision and use of work equipment(PUWER), school trips and managing the movement of vehicles both on and directly outside school premises.
The Department of Education is responsible for all areas of Education and Childrens services. With regards to supporting a healthy and safe environment it offers advice on bullying, pupil health and wellbeing, child protection issues, school transport, computer and internet safeguards and teaching standards.
The Child Action Prevention Trust work to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. They achieve this by offering families and professionals access to safety information with regards to common injury types, common accident locations, eg.gardens, roads, water, and safety equipment and standards. This is achieved by the wide availability of factsheets, website access, booklets, posters and DVDs. Expert support is also available to offer one day training courses for child safety or risk management and can help develop in house Accident Prevention Strategies.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) work to save lives and reduce injuries. They offer advice to schools on Health and Safety in school by way of advice sheets to include one for school trips and also other general school activities. They also advise heavily on road safety and the development and implementation of the National Healthy school Standards. They also are striving to ensure that Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is included in the National curriculum in the future.
The St. Johns Ambulance follows the Health and Safety at work Act 1974 and takes into account all aspects of first aid. They offer hands on training to both adults and children. They also offer a website facility designed to make teaching first aid in the classroom fun and simple. Awards and competitions for schools to work towards and participate in are also available. Also offered are resources to promote healthy living and safety awareness for young children up to young adults.
The British Red Cross provide childrens first aid training and staff training daysin order to plan and provide a safe environment. They also offer information on PSHE.
The British Standards Institute (BSI) ensures that items manufactured and used in this country meet certain criteria to ensure safety, reliability and effectiveness eg electrical items and toys. They also offer background information on safety symbols for teachers and information and interactive activities for children.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework offers advice on the three prime areas for a young childs healthy development, these being;
Communication and Language
Physical and Personal Development
Social and Emotional Development.
It is a structure which carers of children up to the age of five, including reception classes, must use to enable children to learn through a range of activities, mostly play, in a safe environment.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education which inspect and regulate services, including schools, which provide services and education to children. They are able to offer advice on all aspects of school life , including Safety and health topics.