L&HCRT is a member of the Staffordshire Waterways Group
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and Sue Williams
Island House, Moor Road
Registered in England - No. 2456172
Registered Charity No. 702429
VAT registration No. 823 8213 41
© 2016 Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust is enrolled as an Environmental Body under the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
The Trust is concerned to ensure that its restoration activities protect and enhance the natural environment and the wildlife habitats along the Lichfield and Hatherton canals corridors.
The Trust will seek to restore the waterway ecology that developed in harmony with its operational functions during the 150 years of the canal’s working life, but was extinguished when the canals were abandoned and filled in.
The Trust will seek guidance from British Waterways and apply the BW Environmental Code of Practice to ensure construction and maintenance techniques are consistent with the current best practice.
The Trust will liaise with other appropriate environmental bodies such as the Environment Agency, English Nature, and local Wildlife Trusts and will support County and Local Authority Biodiversity Action Plans in re-creating waterway and waterside habitats appropriate to the local terrain.
The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust will contribute to developing and sustaining an understanding of the inland waterways system of this country and especially of the key issues associated with the restoration of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals amongst people of all ages in the wider community encompassed by the project.
The Trust will foster links with all interested groups but particularly with local colleges and schools. Using the restoration project as a vehicle for learning, it will develop within the community an understanding of the key educational issues associated with the restoration of canals, namely:
Good practice for staff, volunteers and contractors when working with children and young adults (under 18)
Children and young people are encouraged to take an interest in the canal restoration and the other work of LHCRT through education and community programmes.
Carefully plan activities involving young people to ensure that maximum possible protection is provided at all times.
Give particular attention to health and safety requirements, seeking appropriate advice from your supervisor or events organiser.
Ensure that parents, teachers, leaders, carers or other accompanying adults are with young people wherever possible.
LHCRT would strongly recommend that all young people and children are in the care of a responsible adult and do not become the direct responsibility of LHCRT volunteers.
(If for any reason at any time you are solely responsible for any young person, know exactly who you are responsible for, the extent of that responsibility, where the young people are and what they are doing.)
Arrange for an appropriate number of adults to be present, bearing in mind the type of activity, the number and age range of the young people attending and any special needs.
Try to have responsible accompanying adults for every educational group of young people in a ratio of 1:10 or better (1:8 desirable for children under 8).
Ensure that at least one other LHCRT volunteer or an external adult (eg parent/teacher) will be available to help.
Try to have both male and female helpers where practical.
Avoid one to one contact. At all costs, a one to one situation should be avoided, but if unavoidable, ensure it is for a short period only, within earshot and preferably sight of others and never behind closed doors. Tell someone where you are going, with whom and for how long. Speak to your supervisor if you are worried that you are going to be left on your own with a young person or you are concerned about a young person's safety.
You should not take a young person alone on a car journey, however short, or take them home without parental approval, except where unavoidable in emergencies.
Be alert to any potential harm or inappropriate behaviour in relation to young people.
If circumstances arise where a single child needs attention, offer to stay with a class or group of children while the teacher/carer attends to the individual.
You should not allow or engage in suggestive remarks, gestures or touching of a kind that could lead to misunderstanding.
Do not hesitate to tell your supervisor if you have any concerns regarding the behaviour of any young people or other staff/volunteers who come into contact with them.
General Health & Safety
Please be aware of the following general health & safety concerns:
Special risk assessments need to be undertaken for young people (under the age of 18) who are employed by LHCRT (eg. work experience or training schemes).
If harm is suspected
If a child or young person wants to talk about something that is concerning them:
If you suspect harm, or have been told about it, do not act alone, start to investigate or make assumptions. You should immediately:
The NSPCC operate a 24 hour advice line for anyone concerned about a child - 0800 800500. (This number should not be used in an emergency.)
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Checks
The need for CRB checks for individuals has been discussed by the Council of LHCRT and rejected for the following reasons. This policy will be reassessed from time to time or if and when these criteria change.
LHCRT volunteers do not work directly with children and young adults.
Where a service in support of children and young adults is provided, it is a requirement that they will always be in the care of teachers, carers or group leaders.
The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Ltd encourages the participation of all sections of the community in its activities without discrimination by race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, class, religion, gender, sexuality, employment status, age or disability, subject only to compliance with legal requirements including Health and Safety and insurance on its construction sites.
The Trust will expect any contractors or consultants working for it to subscribe to similar policies on equal opportunities.
All canal restoration works undertaken by or on behalf of the Trust will so far as is reasonably practicable be designed to maximise access by the disabled, consistent with conservation of heritage features and the safety of users of the waterway.
Health & Safety Policy can be found here