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Case 92 - Press story said health and safety is the barrier to children enjoying everyday activities

Issue

A press story is saying that health and safety is the barrier to children enjoying everyday activities such as playing conkers, using skipping ropes or climbing trees.

Panel decision

Skipping, playing conkers and football and climbing trees are all important activities which help children to have fun and learn about handling risk at the same time. There is no health and safety legislation which bans these activities in fact HSE is on record as encouraging schools to allow these activities to go ahead. If individual schools choose to ban these activities it is for other reasons not health and safety.

2012-11-01