Information, guidance and advice for licensed premises and gambling establishments on how to safeguard and protect children and young people whilst on their premises.
The Licensing Act 2003 brought about a change in thinking about children’s access to licensed premises and now it is normal for children to be allowed in to pubs, clubs and other licensed premises.
Under the Act a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ have been created, each one should be notified of any new license applications or any variations to existing licenses.
The Responsible Authorities include Police, Fire Authority, Planning Authority and the East Riding of Yorkshire Children’s Services is the ‘Responsible Authority’ in respect of the protection of children from harm.
Further information is available on the Licensing and Registrations Information page of the website.
The Licensing Assistant is responsible for overseeing the license applications and ensuring sufficient measures are in place to promote the licensing objective of ‘Protection of Children from Harm’.
The Licensing Assistant will also aim to work with Licensees where further steps could be taken to promote this licensing objective and protect children from harm on licensed premises. In particular, premises where:
There is a belief alcohol could be sold to customers under the age of 18 years
The risks will vary from premises to premises depending on the type of licensing activity and the age of the children.
Young children may be at risk if they are not properly supervised or are exposed to adults who have become intoxicated. Young children can be dangerously intoxicated by quite small quantities of alcohol, so care needs to be taken to clear used glasses to protect them from this risk.
Young teenagers may attempt to buy and consume alcohol and then become vulnerable because their judgement is impaired, this could put them in danger from getting involved in fights, from drink driving or from sexual predators.
All children are at risk of adults who are viewed as a danger to them. Care must be taken when staff are appointed to ensure that such individuals are not placed in an environment where they can exploit their position.
Adult entertainment is not suitable for children. At premises where such entertainment is allowed arrangements must be enforced to ensure that children are not exposed to any inappropriate acts or material.
Further information can be found in our guidance leaflet:
Protecting Children and the Licensing Act 2003 Information for licensees. (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
The risks vary depending on the style and character of the business but premises can be involved in the following ways:
Under the Licensing Act 2003, the ‘due diligence’ defence can be used to protect your business, if you can demonstrate that all reasonable steps have been taken to manage risk. Here are some suggested safeguarding measures to help evidence ‘due diligence’ and keep children safe:
If anything in the child sexual exploitation section of this page gives you concern about a young person, you must pass this information onto and can gain advice from the Early Help & Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH):
During office hours (Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm), you can contact EHaSH on:
Telephone: (01482) 395500
Outside of office hours, please contact the emergency duty team:
Telephone: (01377) 241273
You may get referred to the Child Sexual Exploitation Response Team that works with young people to improve their confidence and help them break free from the cycle of abuse.
Is the child in immediate danger? Phone the police on 999.
The ERSCB website also provides further information about child sexual exploitation:
East Riding safeguarding children's board (ERSCB) (external East Riding website)
In September 2007 the Gambling Act 2005 came into force and replaced numerous pieces of legislation governing gambling activities. The Gambling Act 2005 promotes safer practice at premises where gambling activities take place.
Under the legislation, licensees and their operators have a legal responsibility to ‘protect children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling’.
The Children and Young People’s Support and Safeguarding Services, as a Responsible Authority, has a statutory responsibility to ensure that licence holders operate in a way that safeguards children and young people and vulnerable adults.
The risks to children will vary, depending upon the type of gambling activities taking place at the premises. Children may be at risk of being:
There are a number of measures that gambling establishments can put in place to manage the risks to children:
For gambling establishments that offer a range of gambling activities (regional casino, licensed entertainment centre, bingo premises, gaming machines in category C or above) they must operate systems to ensure that under 18’s are prevented from accessing areas where adult activities (betting or high stakes gambling) take place or where adult gaming machines are located. For such premises they may also need to operate the following systems:
The Gambling Commission give a high priority to the social responsibilities operators have to protect vulnerable adults from harm associated with gambling and policies must be in place to support the protection of vulnerable adults.
Adults may be vulnerable if they are intoxicated from using illicit drugs or alcohol, or if they are taking certain types of prescribed medication, as this may impair their judgement or prevent them making informed, balanced decisions about gambling. If an adult has mental health issues, mental impairment or problems with addiction, this may also make them vulnerable as they may have difficulty controlling their activities or behaviour, or prevent them understanding the players guides to games.
Risks to vulnerable adults may include :
To reduce the risk to vulnerable adults gambling establishments could do the following:
Information and guidance is currently under development that will assist event organisers to prioritise the safety of children and young people at the planning and operational stages of events.
If further informatation is required please contact the Licensing Assistant detailed below for guidance and support.
Lee Butler-Johnson Principal Information Sharing and Assessment Officer East Riding of Yorkshire Council Children Family and Adult Services Early Help & Advice Team Room AF56, County Hall Beverley HU17 9BA.
Telephone: (01482) 393544
Licensing Risk Assessment – Guideline for Licensees and their staff about safeguarding measures that could be implemented on their premises to ensure children are protected from harm in all instances
Risk Assessment (word 51kb opens in new window)
Licensing Act 2003 Leaflet - Leaflet containing further guidance and information for licensees on safeguarding children and young people whilst on licensed premises
Protecting Children and the Licensing Act 2003 Information for Licensees. (pdf 1mb opens in new window)
Gambling Act Guidance 2005 - Guidance for gambling establishment owners and their staff about safeguarding measures that could be implemented on their premises to ensure children are protected from harm in all instances where gambling activities take place
Gambling Act Guidance (word 67kb opens in new window)