Risk Management

The Crux Of Risk Management In Outdoor Programs – Minimising The Possibility Of Death And Disabling Injury

The Crux Of Risk Management In Outdoor Programs – Minimising The Possibility Of Death And Disabling Injury

The possibility of serious physical harm seems very much tacked on the end in definitions of risk management based on the Standards Australia and NZ risk management framework.

In this paper the writer argues that in a hierarchy of adverse consequences, death or serious injury to persons involved is right at the top of things we want to avoid. Minimising the risk of death and disabling injury should be the number one outcome of any risk management plan or strategy in outdoor programs.

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Unaccompanied Activities in Outdoor Education -When Can they be Justified?

Unaccompanied Activities in Outdoor Education -When Can they be Justified?

Traditionally, unaccompanied activities have been a common part of outdoor education programmes, often justified by pedagogical reasons.

This paper argues that such activities can pose significant risks and the removal of supervision is not justified by pedagogical, legal or moral reasons. Distinctions are drawn between education and recreation participation and examples of acceptable practice are provided.

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