Active and Safe After School Initiative

After School Safety Check

PHE Canada, alongside OpheaCanadian Parks and Recreation AssociationActive Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability and High Five, as a part of the Active and Safe After School Initiative, developed resources and tools that help reduce the prevalence of physical injuries that occur during after school programs.  The After School Safety Check resources build leader awareness and capacity of injury prevention helping them understand risk, become aware of good practices and knowledgeable of critical steps to safety/injury prevention.

The After School Safety Check educates leaders on how to avoid, communicate and effectively respond to incidences of injury in sport and recreation activities taking place during after school programs. Additionally, the initiative integrates tools and resources specific to safety/injury prevention in relation to sport and physical activity participation.


Free Online Resources

The After School Safety Check encompasses a series of four resources related to safety education and injury prevention. Program leaders, supervisors, parents and children and youth will build capacity to enhance their risk management skills for active and safe play in the after school hours. 

Part A - Activity Plans (Interactive Games and Activities)

21 age-appropriate games and activities based around the concepts of social responsibility and safety, with the aim of ensuring that children and youth understand risk, why rules are in place, and the hazards associated with non-compliance. The overall aim iof these fun, interactive activities is to ensure that children and youth understand the rules/safety precautions that need to take place with the aim of injury prevention. Each Activity Plan includes: recommended age group, activity theme, duration, activity goals, equipment, resources, activity description and instruction, guided direction, and take home message.

Downloadable Activities (click to see list of links)


Part B - Activity Checklists

16 checklists for After School program delivery agents that build capacity to enhance risk management skills for active and safe play in the after school hours. These checklists provide information on the minimum standard of care for physical activities by outlining safe practices for specific activities in order to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries. Each checklist contains 5 subsections: Equipment, Clothing/Footwear, Facilities, Special Rules and Supervision.

Downloadable Activity Checklists (click here to see list of links)


Part C - Parent Checklists

These four checklists increase awareness among parents on selecting programs for their children, specifically in ensuring safety standards and staff qualifications are present  These checklists also reinforce that the safety precautions required within after school programs should be implemented at home.

Downloadable Parent Checklists (click here to see list of links)


Part D - Resource Materials

These 16 checklists provide important safety information and guidelines to after school program delivery agents to better support them in assessing and reviewing safety practices and policies. These tools can also support safety training among after school program supervisors and leaders.

Downloadable Resource Materials (click here to see list of links)


Communication of Expectations (Disclaimer)

While the information presented in The After School Safety Check Resource Series is done so in good faith, based on the latest available evidence for physical injuries in the after school time period - neither PHE Canada nor its partners, can accept any liability for any accident, injury or fatality arising as a result of following the advice presented.

The After School Safety Check resources are intended to provide a minimum set of safety standards and are not meant to replace provincial/organizational safety policies.  Each after school program is unique and as such the information presented should be tailored to meet the program needs. If in doubt consult the Health and Safety Policy as mandated by your organization.