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botlab:meeting_20160607 [2016/06/07 20:35]
dwyatt [Children protection notes]
botlab:meeting_20160607 [2016/06/15 21:49]
dwyatt [Topics discussed]
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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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     * 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; they are responsible for them.     * 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 (a hackspace member) 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. Any hackspace member who wishes to accept responsibility for a child should facilitate a meeting between the parent and a committee member, to convey the policy to the parent/guardian.
     * 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).      * 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). 
  
   * Health and Safety   * Health and Safety
 +    * HSE (Health and Safety Executive) is generally pro children being brought into the 'workplace', but states there should be a risk assessment.
 +    * 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, so long as the member is themselves inducted on the equipment.
 +    * 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 under 16s, except on open days/supervised events. Okay for 16 to 18 to use hand tools. Parent must be 'present'.
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 +  * Insurance
 +    * Current policy says nothing specific about ages, it will all be about our risk assessments.
 +    * The policy only covers hackspace members, who are all 18+. Children are regarded as visitors, and are covered by public liability insurance.
 +  * **Action:** DW will draft a policy on children/under-18s in the Hackspace for review by other committee members.
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 **Child protection policies:** **Child protection policies:**
  
-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¬†+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. +[[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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