Risk Assessment

'A situation involving exposure to danger'
 
Any risk can be described as the "possibility of an event occurring that will have an impact on the achievement of objectives." Like any organisation, schools and school communities are exposed to a wide variety of risks every day.  The impact of these risks could affect any aspect of it's operation, finances, legal standing, reputation or safety.

Risk in relation to online safety
Most people who go online have positive, beneficial experiences. While there have been some highly publicised cases of exploitation involving the internet, that doesn’t mean that every child will experience major problems. The vast majority of people who go online do not get into serious trouble. However, there are dangers that exist in the online environment. Schools, governing bodies, parents and children need to be aware of the risks in the online world and take action to minimize them. 

ACTIONS

  • Read the section on What's the Risk? for a full explanation of online risks
  • Review the sample Twitter risk assessment below
  • Download the sample Risk Assessments Template A or Template B below