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Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by JDAWN, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone... need urgent advice. Would anyone deem it safe to allow 8/9 year olds special needs children with behavioural difficulties and physical disabilities-highly likely to fall to allow them to carry hot pans of water without lids on in food technology ?
    Never come across it before ?
    Is there anyone out there who does it in their special needs school ? specifically with 8/9 year olds ? Primary age children?
    When doing a risk assessment should "carrying hot liquids" be listed as potential hazard ?
    If hazard was a high risk - would one do it ?

  2. I wouldn't let any child carry around pans of hot water. That would be an absolute recipe for disaster (if you will excuse the pun!). If food items need to be added to hot water they should be taken to the pan and added carefully. Even then, I would be worried about children of this age splashing themselves with hot water or touching the hot pan. It's common sense really.
    Has someone actually allowed the group of children you mention to carry hot liquids around? If so, I think it is a miracle no-one has been badly scalded.
  4. I would not trust 8/9 year olds in mainstream to do this without harming themselves, let alone in special school. I work with 16-19 year olds in specialist provision and cannot think of one student I work with who I would trust to keep safe around boiling water-they just simply don't have the awareness of danger.

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