Play Safety

RoSPA Play Safety provides information on playground management and the safety of indoor and outdoor play areas. We provide playground inspections for public and commercial play areas and a wide range of additional play-related services. Our advice and information covers all aspects of playground safety and we also have a list of helpful publications to aid in understanding and maintaining play safety.

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In addition to Annual Inspections, RoSPA Play Safety offer a wide range of other services. RoSPA Inspections are truly independent inspections. RoSPA has no direct or indirect commercial involvement with the outcome of it's inspections.  All sites are inspected on the basis that they should be as safe as they need to be, not as safe as possible. Download our brochures of services...

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Contact us at: RoSPA Playsafety Ltd., The Old Barn, Wicklesham Lodge, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7PN
Telephone: +44 (0)1367 244600 Fax: +44 (0)1367 244112 or Email:

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Play Safety Training Courses

Our play safety training courses are aimed at those responsible for routine and operational inspections of play areas and those in a supervisory or maintenance role. Also, the staff and management of indoor (soft play) areas, those required to maintain amenity turf and those responsible for the inspection and maintenance of wheeled sports facilities. We also offer EN1176 Update and RPII Renewal courses. Browse our full range of courses...

For further information contact the Training Manager at Tel: +44 (0)1367 244600 or email Alyson Pugh on:

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RoSPA's Play Safety department provides a wide range of advice and information on playground management and the safety of indoor and outdoor play areas. Take a look at our full range of play safety Information Sheets. If you can't find what you are looking for try searching our FAQ database.

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EN1176 Playground Equipment Standard
Everything you need to know about the new European Standards for playground equipment (EN 1176 and EN 1177) harmonise existing national standards (principally BS 5696, DIN 7926 and BS 7188).

Risk Assessment of Children's Play Areas
By evaluating the frequency of accidents and the consequences, RoSPA has been able to develop a risk assessment system which is based on experience and knowledge of injuries occur on children’s playgrounds.

Guidance for commercial trampoline operators. Both RoSPA and British Gymnastics advise against their use unless a properly qualified British Gymnastics Coach is present, however where provided this guidance should be observed:

16/04/2014 : Press release: Be water wise this Easter break with RoSPA’s life-saving safety tips

With the Easter holidays fast approaching, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is urging families, particularly with teenagers and young children, to be extra vigilant in and around water.

31/01/2014 : Press release: It’s Gold! RoSPA staff celebrate highest Investors in People standard

Staff at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents are celebrating after the safety charity achieved a Gold Investors in People standard - an accolade that puts it in the top five per cent of organisations taking part in the rigorous IIP programme.

14/10/2013 : Press release: Annual UK drowning figures revealed ahead of RoSPA water safety seminar

The number of people accidentally drowning in the UK has dropped by nearly nine per cent in a year to 371 deaths in 2012, latest figures reveal.  

23/09/2013 : Press release: We’re at Leisure Industry Week. Are you?

If you’re a visitor to Leisure Industry Week (LIW) at the NEC in Birmingham this week, RoSPA’s leisure and play safety teams would love to meet you.

19/09/2013 : Press release: RoSPA seminar to discuss UK’s first national drowning prevention strategy

The reasons why the UK needs a water safety and drowning prevention strategy, and a plan for how to take the concept forward, will be discussed at next month’s National Water Safety Seminar, hosted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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