Care and Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy Statement
Christian Magicians UK has strong views on the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The policy and guidelines to manage and monitor these people when either at Christian Magicians UK events and meetings or at any external Christian Magicians UK sponsored events when the need may arise.
Implementing and applying this policy is the responsibility of the elected Trustees of Christian Magicians UK, and is the responsibility of both the Trustees and all members to monitor and maintain the policy in practice.
Christian Magicians UK has appointed a welfare officer who will act as the focal point for all child and vulnerable adult issues. He or she is also the delegated person to whom all parents, guardians and carers can direct their questions to the Trustees.
Christian Magicians UK rules pertaining to the care of children and vulnerable adults
All members, parents, guardians and carers are to comply with Christian Magicians UK policies and guidelines for the promotion of welfare and care of children. Definitions:
- A junior member is defined as being under 18 years of age.
- A vulnerable adult is defined as a person of 18 years of age or over but through mental or physical attributes requires a higher level of supervision than would be normal with that of an adult member.
- A responsible adult is defined as a member or parent/guardian who has the clearance, experience, knowledge and training commensurate with the type and degree of supervision required
- Junior members must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. The level of supervision is to be suitable to the junior member’s age, maturity, capabilities and levels of experience
- No child or vulnerable adult shall undertake any activity which might place him or her at risk. In any event prior consultation with their parent, guardian or carer must take place if there is any doubt on the member’s abilities to undertake a specific activity.
- No member is to be expected to assume responsibility for a child or a vulnerable adult.
- Notwithstanding the requirements of the previous paragraph, should a member discover a junior member or vulnerable adult that is unsupervised then he/she must assume responsibility for that person’s safety in the first instance. The situation should then be rectified as soon as possible by seeking out the parent, guardian, carer or nominated supervisor. Any instance of such an occurrence is to be reported to the Christian Magicians UK committee as soon as possible and a record made of the occurrence.
- Whilst supervising children or vulnerable adults, it is advisable that two adults be present, these members should avoid placing themselves in a position that could be open to misinterpretation or question in accordance with our policy. Remember, the policy is there to protect you as well as children and vulnerable adults.
- Should any member, parent, guardian, carer or the person themselves have concerns about the welfare of children or vulnerable adults then he or she is to contact the Welfare officer or any Trustee using the contact details on the website
- All members are required to respect the rights and dignity of children and vulnerable adults and to promote their welfare. Caring is largely a matter of common sense provided everyone is clear on what is expected of them and a few simple principles are adhered to. It is not a responsibility to be feared but is, nevertheless, essential if we are to ensure that we are to be a Christian Magicians UK that offers opportunities for all.
Note to parents, guardians and carers:
Whilst Christian Magicians UK has a moral and statutory duty to take all reasonable steps to ensure the general welfare and protection of children and vulnerable adult members, Christian Magicians UK will not act as guardians or carers.