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.
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.
The last dissemination event before the online launching of the SAFERPLAY open course took place in Alicante, at AIJU headquarters on the 15th February.
This European Workshop: “PRESENT AND FUTURE IN THE DESIGN OF SAFER AND CHALLENGING PLAY AREAS” gathered more than 100 professionals, who contributed with their interest and enthusiasm to lively debates and a successful working day.
The program included lectures from several Saferplay partners: Spain (AIJU and University of Alicante), United Kingdom (Play England), Czech Republic (CTU – University of Prague) and Portugal (H.Menezes Risk Vision)
Helena Menezes was one of the speakers, with a presentation on
“Standards as a tool for risk management in play areas”
She highlighted the importance of risk-benefit assessment to respect children’s needs for free and creative play; she also stressed the role of standards as risk criteria when checking structural safety of play areas and equipment in order to consider those needs, and drew attention to some changes introduced by the new European playground standards, that will be enforced in October 2018.
Most of the topics presented will be part of the contents of SAFERPLAY – the online open course, that will soon be available. If you have not yet registered, you can do it here: www.saferplay.eu