This issue came to my attention when our club secretrary distributed some
documents and statements on child protection.
I am confused by this statement because on the BCA web site there
are two documents in the legal section.
Child protection policy
http://british-caving.org.uk/legal/CP_P ... .12.01.pdf
Child protection policy guidance
http://british-caving.org.uk/legal/CP_G ... .12.01.pdf
Within the policy document there is a clear statement that :
> 2.05 Underlying this it must be borne in mind that BCA does not proactively promote the participation of young
persons in caving or mine exploration. It takes this stance for a number of reasons:-
a. caving can often be a strenuous activity requiring a mature physical and mental approach:
b. a working knowledge of weather patterns & limestone hydrology can be vital for safe caving:
c. caves are a strictly limited physical resource which deserve a mature appreciation of their
this policy clearly constitues a "barrier"!
This policy statement "seems" to go beyond that required for the compliance with the Protection of Children Act 1999 and its subsequent legislation.
which only "seems" to apply in certain circumstances. For example when
people are paid or that such trips involving young people are regular.
Our club arranges childrens caving trips several times a year and no one
involved is paid. The parents are usually present and we encourage them to be present.
As I understand it the BCA has several responsibilities due to the legislation: a duty to inform its members and member-clubs, and some required practices for because of the CIC and LCMLA.
The policy statement seems to go beyond this.
Am I missing something? Is this latest statement an indication that this policy statement on the BCA web-site is being revised or does not apply?