NAN Form_apr-2023

Risk Assesment template-form-jan-2023

We all do risk assessments or safety checks every day, such as when we cross the road. We choose an appropriate place to cross, look both ways and make a decision about whether it’s safe to cross.

We know that young people learn by doing. Activities encourage the development of young people and they can feel a huge sense of achievement in completing them. We want to provide EXCITEMENT, but not DANGERADVENTURE, but not HAZARD.

Assessing risk starts in the early stages of activity planning and goes on throughout the activity, until all participants go home at the end of the activity. Embedding risk assessment within the planning process allows us to deliver safe, enjoyable and exciting programmes for young people.

NAN Info

There are no specific restrictions on younger sections (Squirrel Scouts and Beaver Scouts) taking part in residential activities, except for the section ratios. As with any nights away activity, consideration should be made to the suitability of the opportunity for the young people.

The prohibited camping areas are out-of-bounds regardless of the fact that you hold a nights away permit.

Out of District – There is no need to notify a host DC unless your risk assessment deems necessary.

The permit holder remains responsible for the event at all times, and although they might leave the site at times during the day (shopping, off-site activities etc), they need to be there to be in charge of all nights away elements of the event.

Boys and Girl Sharing accomodation – Yes they can. This is subject to the Risk Assessment of the Nights Away Permit (NAP) holder. The Nights Away Permit holder has the ultimate responsibility for the event so it will be their decision. However, this decision must take into consideration the views of the young people and the views of the parents, and give the parents the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have.

The NAP holder and/or Leader in Charge must also consider that different age groups may present different issues and this must be taken into account when accommodation is being arranged.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls