30 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Opening of the Conf. by Dr. Leonor Beleza, President of the Champalimaud Found.

On 20 November, World Children’s Rights Day, UNICEF celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 40th anniversary of UNICEF Portugal at the “FOR ALL CHILDREN, ALL RIGHTS” conference.

Helena Menezes attended this conference organized by UNICEF at the Champalimaud Foundation Auditorium, in Lisbon.

Champalimaud Foundation Auditorium

SAFERPLAY: Free online course available

SAFERPLAY online course is now freely open to the public in 6 languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, Czech, Croatian and German.

This course is the result of a project funded by the EC program Erasmus+; H.Menezes RiskVision is the Portuguese partner.


Design, Inspection and Maintenance of safer and challenging play spaces

 The contents cover the basics for the design of play areas that respect children’s needs for a healthy development. They cover the participatory process, playing in natural environments and the use of green elements when designing for play, risk benefit assessment that considers a good balance between play value and safety, and it contributes for a better understanding of acceptable and necessary risks during play.


Training team:

Helena Menezes is one of the trainers, as an expert in the field, namely on inclusion and risk assessment in play spaces for children and young people. She demonstrates how European playground Standards can be a useful tool for risk management when designing play spaces, throughout their whole life cycle, from pre-design stage until post-occupancy, allowing for free and challenging play in inclusive and safer environments.

Learn more about the trainers here.

Customized to suit your needs:
  • Take this course on your computer, tablet or mobile phone, at your own pace.
  • Take the full course or  choose the units you prefer.
  • Choose your language.


H.Menezes at the International Conference “Play in the Open Space”, in Belgrade

Organized by the Serbian Association of Landscape Architects  21st and 22nd March, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Helena Menezes is going to participate in the International Conference “Play in the open space”, in  Belgrade, Serbia, organized and promoted by the Serbian Association of Landscape Architects.

The participation of H.Menezes Risk Vision will happen in 3 different moments:

  • First day: a 45-minute lecture on Risk-benefit assessment in play areas
  • Second day: 2 workshops on:
    –  design of play areas and the use of standards
    –  inspection and maintenance of playgrounds

The second day has the support of ANEC, the Voice of European Consumers in Standardisation, as these workshops will be an opportunity for training of  local professionals on the use of European playground standards for safer and more challenging play areas.

The Conference program includes the participation of the National Consumer Organisation of Serbia (NOPS), a member of ANEC, alongside other speakers from Serbia, Estonia, Slovenia and Czech Republic.


Besides the support from ANEC, this event is also supported by the Serbian Ministry of Economy, the Faculty of Forestry, the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, the Centre for the Prevention of Accidents (CSN) and the Croatian and Slovenian Associations of Landscape Architects.

For more information and registration check the website of the Serbian Association of Landscape Architects – UPAS or use the following email: upas.skup@gmail.com

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