Children & Vulnerable Adult Policy

For legal purposes someone is a child until their 19th birthday. Children are the legal responsibility of their parents and carers even when they are not present. Vulnerable adults are people over the age of 18 who are or may be in need of community care services due to age, illness or physical or learning disability. Responsible adults are those over the age of 18 who assume responsibility for the children or vulnerable adults.

Parents and carers are advised not to leave children unsupervised at any event that we might arrange or manage.

Children under the age of 10 should never be left unsupervised. We reserve the right to deny access to any child under the age of 18 who is unaccompanied.

While the primary responsibility for the well-being of children and vulnerable adults lies with the responsible adult, we recognise a responsibility for ensuring the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults while they are on the premises. We also wish to protect our volunteers (and staff) from unfair allegations.

Our volunteers (and staff) who work directly with children and/or vulnerable adults will undergo standard checks from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). Other volunteers (and staff) who come into contact with children and vulnerable adults as part of their other duties with us are not considered to be working with children and vulnerable adults and do not require a CRB check. All volunteers (and staff) will be made aware of this policy.