Where parents/carers transport their own children or make private arrangements with other parents/carers to deliver or collect their children, they are responsible for their children’s safety and for the suitability of any travel arrangements.
However, where organisation is organising transportation of its junior players and asks or requires parents to transport other people’s children on the organisation’s behalf, the organiser has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to safeguard these players for whom they have a duty of care.
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The FAW encourages personnel not to take children on journeys alone in their car, but we recognise that in some circumstances it is an essential part of a child’s participation in training and competition. If all alternatives have been exhausted and an adult must transport a child, there are a number of safety measures that should be put in place to minimise the risk:
Late collections can present clubs and coaches with particular difficulties. Parents/carers should be provided with guidelines addressing the issue and outlining their responsibility for collecting their child on time and the consequences of late collections.
Clubs should have contact numbers for parents/carers and if possible be provided with an alternative contact number.
Parents/carers should have a contact number for the club/coach to inform them of emergencies and possible late collections.
Children should wear seatbelts at all times.
The following is guidance regarding the seat-belt law which was introduced in September 2006, for more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/seat-beltslaw/overview
If taxis are used by your organisation and there is no child restraint available; children can travel in the back seat of taxis. Those over 3 must use the adult seatbelt.
Sometimes parents/carers may be asked to drive a minibus on behalf of the organisation/club.
Passengers on minibuses will be required to wear seat belts where fitted and the driver will be responsible for making sure that children under 14 use their seatbelts. If seatbelts are fitted on a bus, passengers must use them. The driver will be responsible for letting people know that they must use seat belts.
*Adapted from CPSU Briefings ‘Guidance on transporting Children & Young People in your car’