At Magic Bus we are aware of our responsibility of a 'duty of care' towards all participants in our programmes and our staff. We see this responsibility, as the need to act has a Parentus Locus (Good parent) for all those visiting, working, or undergoing training at the centre. As 'Good Parents' we want to eliminate the risks at the centre whilst not over protecting participants so much that they fail to develop the skills and abilities to move forward in a world full of risks.
So as far as is reasonably practicable, here at Magic Bus we all share this responsibility. We all have the desire to allow people to grow in an environment where all risks and benefits are assessed. To encourage this culture of safe risk taking we are committing ourselves to:
• Promote a culture which balances the responsibility of a 'Duty of Care' with a belief that 'Desired and Managed Risks' have merit for those who visit, play and work at the centre.
• Empower individuals – especially those with sufficient training and experience to construct and operate an ongoing training and risk assessments process. We want this process to be easily understood and allow people to contribute to it. This even extends to our youngest participants, who we will ask to take responsibility for their actions, and on some occasions ask to safeguard
• Invite external inspections and feedback to further develop our processes.
• Conduct internal healthchecks to not only see how we are complying to our committed responsibilities, but to also review existing processes and their use in a constantly changing environment.
• Publish reports to create an awareness across the organisation on how we are managing risks.
Taking into consideration best practices elsewhere in the world, we have looked at and recorded the significant hazards which could pose a risk of injury to participants in Magic Bus programmes. We then reviewed our existing control measures for appropriateness and checked what we need to do to minimise risk to an acceptable level. Control measures consist of; inspections, briefings, providing various level of supervision, placement of notices, reporting, creation of instructions and training initiatives, regular checks of equipment and inviting an external scrutiny of our processes and structures. All measures which give us the confidence to proceed with any activity that involves risk.
To us, an acceptable risk from the perspective of activities; is something that retains a sense of adventure, learning and play for the participant, whilst preventing the chance of any mishap. We are also confident that we can manage high risk activities, as long as the people involved have the supervision capabilities to operate at this level and the relevant safety standards of all equipment are met.
Certain areas, facilities and zones will have risk levels assigned to them & will have access protocols defined.
Throughout all our deliberations we have tasked ourselves to also minimise the ‘Emotional Threats or Damage’ to any participant visiting the centre.