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Jump Park Guidance (FS120425)

April 2017 – new guidance

Introduction

Jump parks and trampolining centres have been springing up across the UK over the past few years. These commercially run centres have a high rate of incidents and injuries occurring on their premises. In order to support members who wish to participate in these activities with their young people the following guidance has been developed.

Within scouting this activity would fall within the other activities rules, you can find out more by looking at either trampolining or other activities on the A-Z Directory of Activities.

Supervision

It is important when planning to use these centres that supervision of scout members is properly planned for, taking into consideration the requirements of the centre, the section ratios and also putting into place a supervision plan.

·        Remember that the young people are still your responsibility so split your group into smaller manageable groups which leaders can take direct responsibility for supervising.

·        Make sure that leaders are close enough to the group to see what they are doing, respond to any incidents and keep managing the behaviour of the group.

·        Set some clear ground rules with the group before the activity starts, this can include which areas they are allowed to use, the supervision and also any specifics such as ‘no somersaults’.

Disclaimers

Many of these centres will ask for a disclaimer to be signed for each person taking part in the activity. This is something which parents must do and not the leader on behalf of the young people. The parents should have sufficient information along with the disclaimer to make an informed decision to sign it or not. Leaders may only sign disclaimers for their own personal participation and not on behalf of young people within the group.

Planning

When planning to use one of the centres consider the following to make sure that your group get the most from their session:

 

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