The safety of children on their playgrounds does not depend solely upon the initial design of the site and the selection of equipment.

Its continued management and the provision of high quality inspection and maintenance programmes are essential if safe opportunities for children to play creatively are to be preserved.

There is no specific legal responsibility to provide inspection and maintenance programmes but playground managers have a legal and moral responsibility of care to children using the site – and at the same time they need to meet the expectations of parents. Inspections should be to EN1176.

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