The Company acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard the and promote the welfare of children. For this reason it has some additional requirements that must be fulfilled before 12 to 17 year olds can visit the caves. No person under the age of 12 is allowed to visit caves which are managed by the Company.
These requirements are:
The indemnity (waiver) form can be downloaded from here.
That leaders taking young persons caving should be vetted unless the young person's parent or guardian is present.Notes:
Vetting is the common term used to describe checks carried out under the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Basic DBS checks can be requested online by individuals and applicants receive a certificate verifying the results, however these checks are not adequate for the purpose of taking young persons caving and an Enhanced Check will be necessary. You cannot apply for an Enhanced Check yourself. This has to be done through a Home Office registered body and there may be a charge. BCA is able to provide this service in appropriate circumstances. For further information contact the BCA Safeguarding Officer.
Policy drawn up by Graham Price July 2019.
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Updated January 2022