Keeping children safe
Outlined below are the key safeguarding principles we ask all of our staff and volunteers to adhere to for any fundraising event involving children and young people:
- Ensure that the welfare and safety of children is a paramount consideration in any fundraising event where children will be present
- Treat all children with respect and value their views and wishes
- Wherever possible seek parental consent before children become involved in or attend a fundraising event
- Wherever possible ensure that parents/carers or other responsible adults attend the events with the children.
- Where this isn't possible, endeavour to secure an emergency contact number for a parent/carer so that they can be contacted if necessary during the event
- Always ensure there are a minimum of two adults at events with children
- Try not to get into a situation where you are alone with a child outside of the sight or hearing of other people
- Don't remain in contact with a child after an event for any reason other than for NSPCC fundraising purposes
- Keep the minimum amount of personal information about children, and ensure you comply with the principles of data protection in storing and using the information
- Only take photos of children at events with parental consent
- Where possible get references or checks on people and organisations who you ask to provide a service at your fundraising event
- Report immediately any concerns you have about a child, or any allegations made to you about a child or by a child
- Seek advice from child protection and safeguarding experts when needed.
The comprehensive NSPCC safeguarding policy and further information on safeguarding children at your event can be obtained by contacting your local office.
Please also see our guidance on keeping it safe and keeping it legal at your event.