Forest School continues to grow and develop, both in the UK and internationally. Literature and research in the field tend to document this growth, while this book takes a novel approach to the Forest school conversation, taking a critical look at the various tensions and difficulties that surround Forest School practice. The editors, together with chapter authors drawn from the fields of academia and practice, form an experienced voice, encouraging the reader to reflect upon, question and explore complex areas of Forest School practice.

How Safe Is Forest School?

How Safe Is Forest School?
Lily Horseman

Chapter Aims

In this chapter I aim to:

  • Explore why risk and challenge is an essential part of a Forest School experience
  • Look at the challenges involved in maintaining the welfare of children in a dynamic environment


risk, challenge, Risk Benefit Analysis, experience, reflection, flow-states


How safe should we make environments for children? This chapter will build on the increasingly commonly accepted principle of Risk Benefit Analysis, to look at why risk and challenge is an essential part of a Forest School experience. The ability to manage risk is one of the outcomes of Forest School that can have underestimated benefits. Children respond to this challenge differently and this chapter will look at our ...

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