Health and Safety and Insurance

Being aware of health and safety doesn’t mean stopping people from having fun. It’s just a matter of thinking about risks and taking sensible steps to avoid them. This section contains information to help your group develop risk assessments, policies and insurance provision to match your activities.

Click on the Services tab above for details of insurance providers and other people who can help with health and safety issues.

  • A community groups' guide to using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

    A guide to help your group decide whether to ask for DBS checks for your volunteers or employees, and information about how to do this.

  • Health and Safety

    This is an introduction to health and safety for community groups run by volunteers, that don’t have any employees or control any premises.  It includes tips and ideas for keeping people well and safe at your events and activities, information on how and why to write a health and safety policy, and some sample policies.

  • Licensing and regulations for events and fundraising activities

    Information for community groups in Brighton & Hove about licensing and regulations for events and fundraising activities.

  • Public Liability

    Information to help you decide whether you need public liability insurance for your events.

  • Risk Assessments

    A simple guide to risk assessments for community groups.

  • Sample risk assessments

    We provide sample risk assessments for our Bouncy Castle, Balloon Typhoon, Popcorn Machine and Candy Floss Machines. We suggest that you use these to give you ideas when carrying out your own risk assessment. Your risk assessment should be specific to your event and organisation.

The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.

Most useful services for local groups

Safety Net is a charity that provides training and support for community groups around safeguarding.

They run safeguarding training for community groups, and offer support with developing safeguarding policies. You can arrange a one-to-one session to write a safeguarding policy. This costs £30 for small groups.

They offer a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application service.

They run a free monthly DBS advice surgery for groups that are members of Community Works, on the first Thursday of every month. You need to book a half-hour slot in advance. If you are using Safety Net for your DBS applications, you can also bring forms and ID documents for checking at the surgery.

They can help organisations use the Simple Quality Protects tool to assess the quality of their work and services.

Other services you might find useful

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