Child Protection\Vulnerable Adults* Policy.

We will always encourage persons under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults to attend with a responsible adult or carer.

 In the event that a person under the age of 18 or vulnerable adult attends a  meeting, trip, show or other event without such  responsible adult or carer,  this person will be introduced as soon as possible to one or more of the Committee Members  who have DBS ( Disclosure and Barring Service) check approval so that they can be of assistance.

 These are currently  Sheila Pullin, Bridget March.

 We will always aim to get prior information that such a person is attending in order to facilitate these arrangements.

 Committee members have been made aware of the definition of vulnerable adult giving below, to aid in identifying these people.

 *Definition of a vulnerable adult.

A vulnerable adult is someone who is aged 18 years or over who `is or may or may be in need of community care services by reasons  of mental health or other disability, age or illness’ and `is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

 (Who decides - Lord Chancellors Dept. (1997).

 For example, a vulnerable adult may be a person who may·

Equal Opportunities

 The B.H.S. Society supports the principle of equal opportunities in all areas of its activities and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination, particular on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnicity or national original, religious belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.