Risk assessment: staff briefing

Schools have a duty to carry out risk assessments to keep staff, pupils and visitors safe from harm. Use this 30-minute briefing to get all staff up to speed with how to go about creating a risk assessment.

Last reviewed on 22 September 2023
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  1. 30-minute briefing: risk assessment

30-minute briefing: risk assessment

Use this presentation to get all your staff feeling confident about fulfilling your legal requirement to carry out risk assessments. This briefing is adaptable, so you can include a list of the risk assessments your school has, and an image of your school's risk assessment template.

You'll cover:

  • Why risk assessment is important
  • What the hierarchy of controls is, and how to apply it
  • The principles of good risk assessment
  • How to write a risk assessment

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Adapt the yellow highlighted parts and insert a photo of your risk assessment template to make the presentation specific to your school's circumstances.

Staff briefing: risk assessment – presentation PPT, 5.9 MB

Facilitator notes

Use these facilitator notes as your step-by-step guide to preparing for and delivering this briefing.

Staff briefing: risk assessment – facilitator notes DOC, 8.5 MB

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