PADMAC Welfare Policy
Welfare and Care of Children and Vulnerable
The objective of this policy is to promote the safety of junior members
and vulnerable adults while undertaking the sport of model flying. This
responsibility is shared between the parents/legal guardian, the PADMAC
committee and all PADMAC members. The principles are intended to
prevent injury or any form of abuse (neglect, physical, emotional or
- The child's or vulnerable adult’s welfare is
the first consideration.
- Those directly involved (e.g. committee
instructors, parents/legal guardian) with the care of
children/vulnerable adults must comply with the relevant BMFA guidance.
- Those working with children must have the
and awareness to make informed decisions to prevent putting themselves,
children or vulnerable adults at risk.
specific to Children and Vulnerable Adults
- A parent/legal guardian must be present at all
times at the flying site.
- Junior member and parent/legal guardian must
sign the membership form.
- Any PADMAC member that has reason to suspect
must inform (depending on the situation) the parent/legal guardian, a
PADMAC committee member, BMFA Chief Executive/General
Manager/Development Officer, NSPCC, Childline, Social Services or the
- The PADMAC committee must investigate any
of abuse to resolve the issue and if necessary inform the relevant
- Junior members must be supervised at all times
responsible adult. The level of supervision is to be commensurate with
the junior member’s age, maturity, capabilities and levels of
- No child or vulnerable adult shall undertake
activity which might place him or her at risk. In any event prior
consultation with their parent, legal guardian or carer must take place
if there is any doubt on the member’s abilities to undertake a
- Members (such as instructors) that are likely
spend large amounts of time with juniors or vulnerable adults are
required to be vetted and undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check, for
the BMFA and PADMAC to confirm their suitability.
- A ‘child’ is defined as a person under 18 years
- A ‘vulnerable adult’ is defined as a
person of 18 years of age or over but through mental or physical
attributes requires a higher level of supervision than would be
normally commensurate with an adult member.
- BMFA Chief Executive: 0116 244 0028
- BMFA General Manager: 0116 244 0028
- BMFA Development Officer: 0116 244 0028 or
- NSPCC: 0800 800 500
- Childline: 0800 1111
- Social Services: Details in the telephone
- Police: Details in the telephone directory or
in an emergency call 999.
Issued by the PADMAC committee, August 2007