Risk assessments for individual pupils

Decide whether a pupil needs an individual risk assessment using our questions – it will depend on the specific needs of the pupil, such as if they have SEND or allergies. Discover your next steps, including adapting an existing risk assessment or creating a new one.

Last reviewed on 26 February 2024
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Contents
  1. Make the decision on a case-by-case basis
  2. Ask yourself these questions to help decide if they need a risk assessment
  3. See if you can adapt your generic risk assessment
  4. Create individual risk assessments where appropriate
  5. Remember to keep your staff safe too

Make the decision on a case-by-case basis

To decide if a pupil needs an individual risk assessment, focus on the pupil's specific needs.

You'll want to:

  • Find out as much information about their needs as you can – ask the pupil, their parents/carers and any healthcare professional who'll be supporting them
  • Check if the pupil has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, which should outline the additional support they need and cover areas of potential risk
  • Have a system in place that allows you to regularly review the pupil's needs, as these can change over time

When you know what the pupil's needs are, you can assess whether they're at higher risk and/or if their needs create additional risks. 

Don't implement blanket policies

Instead, you should make reasonable adjustments to

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