Penybont FC Juniors recognises that our club could not operate without the goodwill of others often ensuring that children are returned home or transported to events, in a private car.
In order to afford protection not only for children, but also for the driver involved in the transportation, Penybont FC recommend the following ‘Best Practice’.
Best Practice is clearly to avoid transporting a child alone. However, if all alternatives have been exhausted and a driver has to transport a child, there are a number of safety measures that the driver/parent should put in place to minimise risk:
• Penybont FC Juniors will try to ensure that all coaches have been made the subject of a vetting check. Parents are referred to the appropriate section of this guidance which contains details of coaches and whether or not they are the subject of an up to date vetting check. We would advise all parents not to allow their child to be transported alone by any coach or other person who is not the subject of an up to date vetting check.
• Parents should be informed of the person who will be transporting their child, the reasons why and how long the journey will take.
• A person other than the driver should talk to the child about transport arrangements to check they are comfortable about the plans.
• The driver must ensure that they have insurance to carry others.
• When transporting children after a match or training session coaches/drivers should alternate which child is dropped off last. Ideally, two children should be dropped off at an agreed point such as one of their family homes.
• The person who returns the children to the agreed point, such as a family home, should be alternated; this would reduce the risk of any one individual frequently being alone with any child/children.
• The driver should have a point of contact and mobile phone should they break down.
• Late collections. Parents/Guardians should have a contact number for the coach/driver to inform them of emergencies or possible late collections.
• Children should wear seatbelts at all times. Drivers are responsible for making sure that children under 14 are safely strapped in at all times. Parents and Guardians of children up to 135cms (or about 12 years) will have to ensure that their children are always safely strapped into the right type of seat or booster. If there is an unexpected necessity, a child of 3 or more can wear an adult belt on a short car journey in a car when no appropriate child seat is available. This is not intended to cover journeys that are planned in advance.
• The driver should attempt to have more than one child in the car.