Guidance on Under 18’s travelling to competitions and events (within the UK)
Last Updated 06/02/2023
In the majority of situations Under 18’s normally travel with their parents to events and competition and we recognise this as best practice.
However, we also recognise that developing independence is an important and necessary part of a young person’s development and travelling unescorted is part of that development. Many children travel to and from school by public transport on a daily basis and there is no reason why, as they mature, that young people should not take longer journeys on their own.
It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to decide what is appropriate and do their own risk assessment around their child’s protection.
The following guidelines are published for parents to consider:
All fencing competitions are required to have a Welfare Officer present, whose name and contact details should be provided by the Competition Organiser (if they are not already published as part of the online competition entry information)
Note to competition organisers – we recommend adding the following sentence to your competition entry forms, published online information and any joining instructions ‘If your child is under the age of 16 on the day of the competition and travelling unaccompanied, please contact <insert name and contact details of welfare officer here>‘
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