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jonm UK law & childrens music/ dance classes (30) RE: UK law & childrens music/ dance classes 03 Mar 09

If children (that's anyone up to the age of 18, now!) are to be unaccompanied by parent/guardian at any point in time, SOMEONE needs a CRB certificate. For a single event, one person will do (assuming a relatively small number of children).

I would agree that everyone who has contact with children with the potential for it to occur unaccompanied should have a CRB certificate; so many parents and event organisers ask for one, it almost looks suspicious not to have one, especially if you regularly interact with children. Getting a CRB is relatively inexpensive and painless, although there is no definitive guidance on how regularly it should be updated (we as an establishment work on every three years for continuous employment and every start for discontinuous or sessional staff).

There is always the issue of a young child needing help going to the loo or having an accident.

If NOBODY has a CRB certificate, this should by rights be mentioned to all parents/guardians at the outset (usually as part of an introduction where you tell them they are responsible for their offspring etc.).

Hope that helps (designated Child Protection person in an educational establishment).

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