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We’re working hard to shift the conversation regarding child safety to include risk as a conduit for learning, rather than a situation that must be avoided. When adults who design childhood play spaces have the ability to assess risk and see risk as a benefit, children become competent risk takers and better understand through experience how to keep themselves safe. For more discussion on the topic of risk assessment see Tim Gill’s thought provoking blog Playgrounds that rip up the safety rules.

A safe person is not someone who abstains from risk, but rather a person who can assess risk and decide what they are physically and emotionally capable of. Risk is not synonymous with danger, although a person who does not have the opportunity to experience risk, and internalize that experience, will not have the tools they need when they do encounter real danger.

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