3.0 Working with Children 3.0 Working with Children
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Note: MUST* and MUST NOT* (with asterisk) denotes legal requirement
MUST and MUST NOT (without asterisk) denotes requirement of the Code of Fundraising Practice
The age at which children may engage in fundraising activities may vary by type of activity, geographic location and law.
3.2 In Advance of Any Activity/Event
3.2.1 Age Limits and Permissions
There are some activities which cannot be undertaken by children and young people without adult involvement (the age restriction depends on the activity and location). These include:
a) Organisations MUST* get explicit parent or guardian consent to collect data until children have capacity to give fully informed consent themselves. Many organisations view the age of capacity as 12, however, no definitive age is set out in legislation and whether consent is needed may depend on the context in which data is being collected/used.
b) Any information collected from anyone under 14 years of age MUST NOT be disclosed without consent from a parent or guardian.
c) When organising fundraising activities, organisations MUST* abide by any relevant age limits imposed by legislation.
d) There will be times when organisations MUST* undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service (in England and Wales), Disclosure Scotland (in Scotland) or and Access NI (in Northern Ireland) checks for adults working with children.
e) Contact with children in or near school premises MUST be made only with the prior knowledge and approval of the Head Teacher or a member of the school’s staff designated by the Head Teacher and according to procedures agreed with them.
f) Organisations MUST ensure that the fundraiser/organisation’s representative understands their responsibility and the actions it must take in relation to activity organisers, the children participating, and the parents/guardians of any participating children.
3.3 Undertaking the Fundraising Activity
a) Organisations MUST employ all best efforts to avoid soliciting regular donations, such as Direct Debits, from under 18s.
b) Organisations MUST gain a parent’s or guardian’s permission before photographing or publishing photographs of their children.
c) Organisations MUST provide children and parents/guardians with guidance on how to undertake fundraising safely and legally.
3.4 After the Event/Activity
a) All monies received MUST be acknowledged promptly by the organisation.
There is more information about fundraising with children in the Institute of Fundraising’s – Fundraising in Schools guidance.