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Annual inspections of playgrounds

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RoSPA annual inspections are designed to:

  • Improve the play value of playgrounds
  • Reduce accidents

Reducing accidents is carried out by:

  • Knowledge of children's play and child development
  • Analysis of available accident data
  • Risk assessment
  • Use of relevant standards (EN 1176)
  • Implementation of these standards where applicable and can be related to accident data.

Reports will indicate:

  • Compliance with standards and notification of major failures where these are related to accidents and an assessment of risk given
  • Notification of faults and suggested remedial action
  • An indication of the risk

The annual inspection differs from regular inspections in that it:

  • Identifies long-term failures and work required
  • Identifies changes in standard compliances
  • Identifies areas where accidents are being noted which are not standard related
  • Provides a quality control check for operators.

RoSPA annual inspections look at:

  • Site design safety
  • Ancillary item safety
  • Equipment safety
  • Surfacing safety.

In all cases the condition is assessed and any repair or refurbishment requirements noted. Suggestions are also made, where relevant, to improving the quality of the site.

Basic details

The annual inspection of children's playgrounds undertaken by RoSPA covers:


  • Access
  • Landscaping
  • Planting
  • Design safety

Ancillary Items

  • Pathways
  • Fences
  • Gates
  • Seats
  • Signs
  • Litter bins
  • Other relevant items


  • Compliance with relevant Standards
  • Damage or deterioration caused by wear
  • Mechanical or structural failure
  • Vandalism
  • Likely areas of future problems
  • Accident prevention


  • Compliance of surface areas with Standards
  • Condition and work required

Here you can read a full Annual Inspection Methodology.

Contact Us

Playsafety Ltd *
+44 (0)1793 317470
[email protected]
Unit 78, Shrivenham Hundred Business Park, Watchfield, Swindon, SN6 8TY
* RoSPA’s activities in the area of play safety are carried out under an exclusive licence arrangement by an independent and highly experienced specialist company, “Playsafety Ltd” which trades under such licence as “RoSPA Play Safety”.