Organisations with persons under 18 years of age should have a Safeguarding Policy. Recent events in the Press have illustrated that an organisation without a policy can be vulnerable to Press criticism even where no issue has arisen. In order to support those sides who have under-18 members and do not currently have their own policy, a Ring policy has been prepared and is attached below.
We know it is lengthy and all it really says is “do not allow under-18s to be alone in the company of another individual, and don’t bully them” but it is valuable legal protection. It is intended that sides should be able to formally adopt the policy if they do not currently have their own.