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Risk Assessments and Safer Handling

Safer Handling Risk Assessments and Training

Julie Noble provides an outreach service for all students attending mainstream settings in Islington who experience physical disabilities and mobility challenges.  Her service includes advice and support that covers all aspects of safe moving and handling.


Outreach provision can be offered in the following areas:

Training and advice for staff working with students who have physical disabilities and mobility challenges.  The service offer incorporates the completion of a safe moving and handling plan.


The half day school based training session equips staff with a framework of knowledge and practical competence in the school setting. The theoretical framework is taken from the legal regulations and guidelines. Practical training includes the safe use of a hoist and familiarity with a range of slings. Participants learn about a range of accessibility/mobility equipment for pupils with physical disabilities. Training is bespoke to the individual needs of pupils attending your nursery, school or college.


Back care and postural management workshop

A small group workshop to address back care and postural management. In your nursery, school or college setting practical problem solving aims to enhance participants’ awareness of their posture and good body management. Helpful tips are provided that can be incorporated into daily work routines and responsibilities. Activities include how to bend to the floor and the safe way to manoeuvre and wheel a wheelchair. Training is tailored to the needs of staff and the nature of work duties.


Risk assessments for staff who have recently attended an occupational health assessment

This is carried out in liaison with the headteacher for any staff member who has recently had an occupational health assessment or review where physical adjustments may be required.


Risk assessment for pregnant staff members who work with pupils who have special needs

This is carried out on-site with the staff member who is pregnant. The assessment relates to all work related responsibilities.


Pupil risk assessments and care plans

Risk assessments for pupils weighing 16kg and above who have a physical disability or special needs that require a risk assessment and care plan.


In liaison with the SENCO this assessment incorporates an access assessment of the school building. Generic access assessments can be carried out as appropriate. Advice on equipment for safe handling and transfer is provided. This can include functional planning for the installation of hoists, changing beds and hygiene-room equipment. Pupils can be assessed for a suitable transfer slings. A detailed report and care plan is compiled. This covers all aspects of safe moving and handling with clear staff guidelines.


On request inclusion advice can be provided

Elements of the report can be used to inform the Individual Education Plan and Annual Review and EHCP. Risk assessments are updated annually. Specific pre and post-surgery assessments are available.


Please note that there is no charge for this service for Islington schools and early years’ settings as schools have already paid through the DSG.


If you require Safer Handling Risk Assessments or training please contact Julie Noble either by email, telephone or at the address shown:

Tel: 020 7786 4808

Richard Cloudesley Outreach Service

Golden Lane Campus

101 Whitecross Street

London EC1Y 8JA