PALM BEACH TEENS UNDER 18 EVENTS

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The child Act 1989)

 

General Policy

As part of our commitment to offering quality entertainment to 11 – 17-year olds in a safe

and friendly environment our policy is as follows:  Entry is in accordance with our Admission Policy and the age restrictions are strictly adhered to.

 

Palm Beach Under 18s Events are only for people who are aged 11to 17 years old. Any

person wishing to gain entrance into a Palm Beach Under 18s Event may be asked to

produce appropriate photo ID.  Our recommended minimum age is 11 (year 7’s) but we allow parents to use their discretion for anyone aged between 10 - 11 years old.

Only soft drinks and snacks are on sale; no alcohol branding is displayed and no alcohol will

be sold or dispensed at any Palm Beach U18 Event.

Smoking is prohibited for anyone under the age of 16 at any Palm Beach u18 Event. We

would ask anyone over the age of 16 adopts a no smoking policy at our events.

Prior to a Palm Beach u18 event taking place, local Police will be informed of the dates that

we will be operating Under 18’s Events.

In the interest of safety Palm Beach events will take place between the hours of 6pm - 11pm

the latest to ensure the area to cleared of children before night time economy. Palm Beach

does occasionally operate as a Nightclub so there is no conflict of children mixing with

adults.

All Companies with which we contract to provide Door Security Services will only provide

Door Supervisors who are registered with the Security Industry Association (“SIA”) or

equivalent body. In addition, all such companies are obliged to comply with our service level

standards and codes of conduct and be DBS checked.

There will be appropriately qualified First Aiders at each Event and the venue will have a

designated First Aid area.

The venue will have the Palm Beach Admission Policy on display or available on request. We

reserve the right to carry out searches of customers attending these events. Searches will

usually take place on the door and are primarily undertaken to prevent alcohol, cigarettes,

illegal substances and weapons being brought into the venue. Any person(s) that declines to

be searched will be refused entry to any Palm Beach Event. Searches will be conducted in

accordance with an approved Searching Policy.

Should we have to refuse entry to any person or ask an attendee to leave a Palm Beach

Event for any reason, for example inappropriate behaviour, we will advise the Event

Manager who is also the Designated Child Protection Officer (DCPO) and attempt to make

contact with the parents for collection.

We do not allow any customer over the age of 18 to attend Palm Beach events, although we

are committed to liaising openly with parents, guardians, carers and/or local authority. Only

persons who are employed to work at or supervise the Event will be present at the venue,

other than in exceptional circumstances.

Under NO Circumstances will Bullying be tolerated at any Palm Beach Event. Any person

found to be bullying will be asked to leave, have their parents contacted and banned from

our next event.

 

Child Protection Policy

We recognise that the welfare of young persons who attend our Palm Beach Teens events is

paramount and that we have a duty of care. We will do everything we can to provide a

caring environment in order for young people to be able to enjoy the entertainment

we offer and be safe at our events.

We will:

  • Treat all young people with respect.

  • The Event Manager will be the designated person with child protection responsibilities at

our events, also called the DCPO. They will make sure that staff who are working at the

event are aware of their responsibilities in regard to our customers and in particular that

they are expected to share any concerns about the welfare of a child/young person with the

DCPO and that staff are all DBS checked.

  • Provide a mobile phone for attendees at their request to arrange or confirm travel

arrangements with parents &/or guardians.

  • Ensure that when leaving the premises, no females leave on their own and that the cars

they are getting into are in fact the parents or guardians of the person who is attending the

event.

Our Designated Child Protection Officer is responsible for:

  • Arranging training for all staff;

  • Monitoring and recording concerns;

  • Making referrals to authorities in the case of any complaint without delay; and contacting

the appropriate authorities to express their concerns, in circumstances where a young

person has refused to remain within the safety of the club and it is thought that the young

person is vulnerable because of drug / alcohol use or emotional difficulties.

Smoking Policy

Palm Beach Teens events encourages a non-smoking policy and therefore no customers

under 16 years is allowed to bring cigarettes, matches or lighters with them into our venues.

We approach the issue of customers trying to bring cigarettes to Palm Beach Teens events

in the way set out below: -

The law prevents those who are under 18 from buying and smoking tobacco products.

It is integral to the success of Palm Beach Teens events that we ensure that under 16’s can

enjoy an event which is held in a safe environment.

It is necessary to portray and re-assurance parents that their children will be safe at our

events.

In many areas we request and receive the support of the local headmasters/teachers to

distribute flyers at their schools. This support is more likely to be forthcoming if the Palm

Beach Teens events are cigarette free because the school is able to help promote something

which is both fun and healthy.

It is one of the unique selling points of Palm Beach Teens events that we provide a nightclub

experience for under 18’s. These events must be held without the sale or consumption of

alcohol, cigarettes and illegal drugs taking place.

To ensure that Palm Beach Teens events are free of cigarettes we operate the following

policies:

We promote no smoking at our events and request customers over the age of 16 to refrain

from smoking.

Customers over the age of 16 who feel the need smoke will need to show ID to the door

supervisors.

When people pay admission, they are agreeing to adhere to these terms and conditions of

entry.

If the customer under the age of 16 tries to enter the club while in possession of cigarettes

they can choose one of the following options,

keep the cigarettes and be refused entry to the event, or

dispose of the cigarettes and any associated items and be allowed entry to the event

The choice is theirs, there is no question that we are confiscating them (as this could imply

that we will return the cigarettes at the end of the evening - which we will not)

If the customer has chosen to throw them away, we will dispose of them.

Photography and Film Policy

By entering Club Palm Beach, you consent to being photographed or filmed and you consent

to resulting materials being used for commercial distribution, publication and Club Palm

Beach communications, without payment or copyright.

All our photographers who take pictures of under 18’s will be DBS checked 

On no occasion shall our photographers have sole access to children.

Pictures will only be taken where children are appropriately dressed for their activity.

No pictures will be taken of children in distress or pain.

If requested by a carer/parent or child not to take their picture, this is fully complied and all

pictures are deleted from the camera immediately.

If carer/parent/child request any images removed from our website this is complied with

immediately.

No personal details i.e. address or email will be accredited to any image whatsoever.

Our photographers will not drink alcohol, smoke or use inappropriate language in front of

the children.

In the event of any violation of any of these points or that an accusation is made against any

of our photographers or other staff then that person will be immediately suspended until

the Police have carried out a full investigation.