The London Canal Museum welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities.
We define children as persons under 18 years of age. Those aged under 14
years are regarded as needing a higher degree of protection than those aged
14-17. Most children visit in school groups or with a responsible adult such as
a relative or youth group leader. (We refer to this adult in this document as
the child's carer).
Where applicable, the principles of this policy also apply to vulnerable
We consider that:
- The welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount
- All people have a right to protection from harm irresective of their
age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs
and/or sexual identity.
- The primary responsibility for the care of children in the museum
rests with the child's carer.
- Ensure that the London Canal Museum and our online spaces are safe
and secure and promote enjoyable and positive experiences ·
- Take seriously all suspicions and allegations of harm and respond to
them speedily and appropriately ·
- Make all our staff (both paid and voluntary) aware of their
responsibilities to ensure the safeguarding of all visitors. This includes a
responsibility to raise any concerns or suspicions that may arise.
- Have in place a safe recruitment process to ensure that our people do
not pose a risk of harm to children.
- Never take the place of the child's carer. Children aged under 14 are
not allowed on the premises without a carer in attendance. Children aged 14-17
are, however, permitted to visit the museum alone.
- Seek to protect the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults as
much as is reasonably practicable.
We will ensure that this protection is effective by the following
- Volunteers and staff who are recruited specifically to work with
children are selected with care and caution and their references are checked.
Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced checks are used in the case of those
working in the field of education who are potentially working with children.
This is only required by law if they are to be on their own with children and
so cannot be a prerequisite to working here; however, the Education Officer and
those working on outreach projects will always be checked
- We work in an open environment, avoiding unobserved secluded
locations or situations
- We obtain the carers', parents', or guardians' consent in writing
prior to taking photographs of children in the museum
- We treat children and vulnerable adults with dignity and respect
- We do not conduct education of any sort on a one-to-one basis.
- First aid treatment is wherever possible carried out with more than
one adult present except in the rare situation of serious injury where any
delay in providing urgent first-aid pending the arrival of medical aid would be
harmful to the child.
- We have designated our Education Officer as responsible for child
protection and safeguarding issues, reporting to the Chair of the trustees who
in turn accepts responsibility for ensuring that child protection issues are
taken seriously and any incidents or suspected incidents are thoroughly
investigated and appropriate action taken.
- We involve teachers, parents and carers whenever possible in the
museum's work with children
- We require our staff and volunteers to be good role models and they
may not use offensive language, make sexually suggestive comments, smoke or
drink alcohol in the presence of child visitors
- We require staff to report any incident relating to child protection
to an adult who is in a position to act on it for the protection of the child.
(e.g. a teacher) and to follow the museum's reporting procedure
- We avoid the following unacceptable practices both for the
protection of children and the safeguarding of our own staff and volunteers:
- Spending excessive time with individual young people
- Taking children home (to theirs or the adult's) or in a private
vehicle except in an emergency.
- Engaging in rough play, horseplay, or games of physical
- Being closeted in a toilet or any private room with an
- Doing things of a personal nature, that the child can do for his
or her self or with the assistance of a carer.
- Physical restraint, other than to prevent danger to the child or
others, damage to property, or to prevent a criminal offence or serious
Signed M. Sach
Chair of Trustees
Approved by the Council of Management 13th October 2015
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