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botlab:meeting_20160607 [2016/06/07 20:16]
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botlab:meeting_20160607 [2016/06/14 19:48]
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 ===== Attendees ===== ===== Attendees =====
-  * David W, David H, Toby S, Russell D, Ian S.+  * David W, David H, Russell D, Ian S.
   * Apologies from Toby S, Arthur A   * Apologies from Toby S, Arthur A
  
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   * Three areas to be discussed: Child protection, Health and safety, Insurance. See later for notes on each of these.   * Three areas to be discussed: Child protection, Health and safety, Insurance. See later for notes on each of these.
 +  * The following were discussed, going forward to create a policy. This is not the policy, it's a draft!
   * Children protection   * Children protection
     * Definition of child: 18 years old (From UN, NSPCC, HM Govt UK)     * Definition of child: 18 years old (From UN, NSPCC, HM Govt UK)
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     * While responsibility for a child may have been given by parent/guardian to a third party, this CANNOT be devolved to others.     * While responsibility for a child may have been given by parent/guardian to a third party, this CANNOT be devolved to others.
     * Hackspace is an adult environment     * Hackspace is an adult environment
-    * If a parent/guardian hackspace member wants to bring in their child, that's fine. +    * If a parent/guardian hackspace member wants to bring in their child, that's fine; they are responsible for them
-    * Parents who leave their child in the care of a third party in the hackspace, the parent MUST be made aware that the hackspace is a public environment not a regulated activity, ie there is no supervisory role, no one is CRB/DBS checked.+    * Parents who leave their child in the care of a third party in the hackspace MUST be made aware that the hackspace is a public environmentnot a protected environment, ie there is no supervisory role, no one is CRB/DBS checked. The hackspace member who accepts responsibility for a child should inform a committee member, so that the committee member can convey the policy to the parent/guardian, preferably face-to-face. 
 +    * On occasion, child-focussed activities may be run in the hackspace. If parents are not present, at least one organiser MUST be DBS checked (these are free to volunteers).  
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 +  * Health and Safety 
 +    * HSE (Health and Safety Executive) is generally pro children being brought into the 'workplace', but states there should have a risk assessment. 
 +    * If we don't allow any under 18 hackspace members, then under 18s cannot be inducted on potentially dangerous equipment. This effectively limits under 18s to desk-based activities, but other equipment can be used on behalf of the child by the hackspace member who is responsible for the child. 
 +    * Parent/guardian must be aware of the effect of other people in the space. They may inadvertently present dangers to children. 
 +    * Otherwise, usual hackspace H&S rules apply. 
 +    * Allowed list of tools for children will be tools that do not need induction, eg soldering iron, oscilloscope, Arduino, PC, t-shirt press. Parent/guardian member's supplied tools are the member's responsibility, and is up to the parent/guardian if their child uses them. 
 +    * G10: No children, when in use. Okay for 16 to 18 to use hand tools. Parent must be 'present'
 + 
 +Discussion on this subject will continue at [[meeting_20160614|subsequent committee meeting on 14th June 2016]].
  
  
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 From UN Conv on Rights of the Child unless majority attained earlier From UN Conv on Rights of the Child unless majority attained earlier
 In UK, for child protection, a child is anyone under 18 In UK, for child protection, a child is anyone under 18
-Source: NSPCC Legal Definitions -> HM Govt (2015) Working Together to safeguard children, Appendix A: Glossary+Source: [[https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-protection-system/legal-definition-child-rights-law/legal-definitions/|NSPCC Legal Definitions]] -> HM Govt (2015) Working Together to safeguard children, Appendix A: Glossary
  
 Reference points: Reference points:
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 DBS checks for eligible volunteers are free DBS checks for eligible volunteers are free
  
-Wiltshire Council, Guidance info to be considered for a child protection policy suitable for sports clubs/holiday clubs (seems to be common across different areas) - again, takes the viewpoint of "staff" providing childcare and sets out procedures accordingly. Need a child protection policy, it seems! E.g. British Judo has one. See thecpsu.org.uk (NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit)+**Child protection policies:** 
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 +These are, we think, a requirement if we are going to run Regulated Activities. See [[http://www.thecpsu.org.uk|NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit]]. Also 
 +[[http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/child-protection-guidance-oscc-and-holiday-clubs.pdf|Wiltshire Council, Guidance info to be considered for a child protection policy suitable for sports clubs/holiday clubs]] (seems to be common across different areas) - again, takes the viewpoint of "staff" providing childcare and sets out procedures accordingly. E.g. British Judo has one. 
  
 DBS checks and supervising: DBS checks and supervising:
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