A general risk assessment should be conducted every year. It aims to identify risks and the necessary actions to reduce or remove them. Conducting a regular risk assessment also helps to implement the child safeguarding policy – depending on the actions identified, these can be incorporated into a child safeguarding action plan.
The items included in the template are suggestions only and should be adapted to the individual association/club. After the hazards have been identified, the specific risks to children should be pinpointed. For example, a ’lack of coaching qualifications’ could result in children being injured or left unsupervised. Each risk/concern should then be rated as high, medium or low, according to the likelihood of it occurring. The action required to manage/reduce the risk should be identified for each.
The template for general risk assessment is part of the Child safeguarding toolkit for UEFA member associations.