No orthumbria a Mountaineering Club C Participation of Under-18â€™s U s in Club Activities A Thiss policy is based b on the e BMC guid delines date ed October 2006 2 which h notes that Chilld Protection is a rapidly changing g subject an nd that the in nformation given there ein mayy change. The T same caveat c appliies to this policy.
1. General G In ntroductio on It is welll understoo od that indivviduals involved in provviding sport and recreatiional activities for child dren have a duty of carre. This mea ans all reasona able steps should s be ta aken to min nimise risk of o harm or in njury. When considering c under-18s it is importa ant to make e clear preciisely who ha as the dutyy of care forr each child d and when that duty off care is han nded from one o person to another. A parent accompany a ing their child usually h has the duty y of care forr their own child. c Howe ever, a pare ent may, witth agreeme ent, pass tha at duty to another person, or ind deed to anotther body such as a clu ub. Once th his has bee en agreed and a the child d is handed d to, or left in the care o of, another person the duty of care also passes p to th hat person.
2. Loco Pare entis A paren nt may give consent to anyone the ey wish to ta ake their ch hild climbing g, hill walkking or mou untaineering g. This is an n arrangem ment betwee en the paren nt and the e person takking the chilld. The perrson taking the t child will be in loco o parentiss and this re equires them m to exercis se a duty off care that w would be provide ed by a reassonably prud dent parentt. When ta aking anoth her personâ€™ss child climb bing, hill wa alking or mo ountaineerin ng it is wise to inform bo oth the pare ent and child about the e nature of tthe activities s to be unde ertaken and d any arrang gements so o they can decide d whetther they are e happy with w these or o decline th he offer if th hey are not.
3. NMC Polic cy Under-18s may join th he club and attend mee ets provided d (a) The ey are acco ompanied byy their parent who is a member off the club Or (b) The ey are acco ompanied byy an adult member m of the t club who is in loco parrentis for the e specific child In n case (b), the t parent of o the child should have a proper understand u ing of the activities to be a b undertakken. A decllaration to th hat effect siigned by bo oth the mem mber a the pare and ent should be b lodged with w the club b secretary before b the cchild attends a club meet. In the even nt that more e than one club c membe er is to act iin loco pare entis fo or the same e child, sepa arate forms should be submitted for f each me ember.
15th Augustt 2007
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