Banbury Community Action Group
Child Safeguarding Statement
As a community-based group of volunteers, we recognise the importance of involving children and young people in their community and welcome their involvement. We also recognise our responsibility to keep children and young people safe. We have therefore developed the following safeguarding statement. Please read carefully if you are an adult wondering about how young people can get involved, or a young person under 18 wishing to become involved.
Accompanied children and young people: We welcome accompanied children and young people of all ages at any event. They should remain the responsibility of the parent or carer accompanying them.
School groups and clubs: We can organise events and activities for organised groups such as schools, youth clubs or Scouting Association groups. In this case the children or young people remain the responsibility of the organisation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Unaccompanied young people:
- Unaccompanied young people are welcome to join the Wednesday evening sessions at Bridge Street Edible Community Garden, which run from 5.30 to 7.00pm.
- None of our activities are suitable for unaccompanied young people under the age of school Year 9.
- We are only able to work with unaccompanied young people (i.e. not with a parent or carer) above the school age of Year 9 when there is adequate supervision by at least two Banbury CAG volunteers, at least one of whom will have been subjected to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Please note that since we are an entirely voluntary organisation we cannot guarantee the attendance of volunteers, and will – regretfully – have to turn young people away where we do not have this minimum number of volunteers. The same is the case for any other events that we run.
- Where a young person is attending for the first time, we ask for a permission slip to be filled in by a parent or carer including providing medical and emergency contact details. We would encourage the parent or carer to come with the young person for the first session, so that everyone is clear about the sorts of activities they will be involved in.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your help in keeping our children and young people both actively involved and safe.