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Curriculum Activity Risk Management Guidelines

Risk assessment enables schools to identify potential hazards, assess risks, and implement control measures to keep everyone safe.

Curriculum activities may have a risk level of:

Low

when there is little chance of incident or injury

Medium

when there is some chance of an incident or injury requiring first aid

High

when there is a likely chance of a serious incident or injury requiring medical treatment

Extreme

when there is a high chance of a serious incident resulting in a highly debilitating injury

Appropriate risk management reduces the risk level of activities.

Most curriculum activities are low or medium risk. Risk planning for these activities can be incorporated into teachers' planning documents. High or extreme risk activities require formal risk assessment documentation, appropriate approvals and permissions prior to students participating in the activity. For more information on risk assessment processes, please refer to the department's Managing Risks in School Curriculum Activities External Link procedure and/or Risk Assessment information sheet Microsoft® Word document345K and/or CARA Powerpoint Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations1.6M.

Staff of Queensland state schools can prepare Curriculum Activity Risk Assessments (CARAs) using either the OneSchool system, or the CARA generic template Microsoft® Word document External Link in combination with the relevant CARA activity guideline. Alternatively, schools can use another approach approved by the school's principal that meets the requirements of the Managing Risks in School Curriculum Activities External Link procedure.

To assist Queensland state schools in conducting and preparing risk assessments, CARA activity guidelines are available for a wide range of activities that may be part of a school's curriculum. These guidelines have been developed in conjunction with experienced teachers and relevant organisations (e.g. teachers' associations, sporting clubs) to reduce the risks of an activity.

Schools must maintain a School Curriculum Activity Register Microsoft® Word document External Link for all high and extreme risk activities. The OneSchool CARA application enables completed risk assessments to be automatically captured into a register in OneSchool.

A sample parent/carer consent template Microsoft® Word document External Link is available to assist schools in their planning for high and extreme risk activities.

Useful links:

Procedure - Managing risks in school curriculum activities External Link

Information sheet - Managing risks in curriculum activities Microsoft® Word document345K

Flowchart - Managing risks in school curriculum activities Adobe PDF document External Link

CARA activity guidelines

Powerpoint - Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations1.6M

Risk assessment generic template Microsoft® Word document External Link

Risk planner template Microsoft® Word document External Link

School curriculum activity register Microsoft® Word document External Link - for high and extreme risk activities

Parent/carer consent template - Activity Consent Form Microsoft® Word document External Link

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This page was last reviewed on 19 Jun 2015

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