Climbing Trees Safety Advice

Climbing Trees Safety Advice

Tree Climbing Safety for Risk Assessments

Firstly, ensure you carefully select a suitable tree that fits with your insurance criteria -look at the conditions and strength of the branches. If you’re unsure, contact a local woodland society or charity, as they are always happy to help.

Once chosen, you must offer a good group briefing beforehand and supervise tree climbing at all times. It is recommended that children only climb to a distance of their height and that only three climb simultaneously.

Before the lesson begins, clear the ground area and check for hazards. It is also a good idea to find a low branch to direct the pupils to before they start climbing.

Please do make it clear that children choose to climb; there must not be any external influences!

Benefits to children:

Managing risk.

Making judgments.

Balance.

Co-ordination.

Developing confidence.

Physical enjoyment.

A reminder of safe tree climbing tips:

  • Ask the children to test the tree first. Is it sturdy? Can it take our weight?
  • Do not help children into a tree; they have to get up it themselves or not all. This way, you know, if they can get up, they can get out and it encourages persistence.
  • Ask children only to climb up to their height so they can be helped down if needed.
  • Ensure you have a risk assessment for this and SLT and parents have agreed you can do tree climbing.

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