Last year Stanhope Silver Band developed a Child Protection Policy as a result of the increasing number of young people joining the band and the junior section. Indeed the membership of the Junior band has risen from 6-7 a year ago, to over 26 now The policy is straightforward and embodies the principles of relevant legislation. Whilst accepting this is in no way a foolproof system we feel it is a step in the right direction. It also sends a clear message that such issues are being taken seriously in the Banding movement and hopefully will generate confidence with parents and in the community etc. Eight of our band members have been checked via the CRB, happily they were all clear! In addition we have in place an equal opportunities policy. A number of bands have asked for copies of the policies, and we are more than happy to send them on. If you would like a copy please pm me and I will take your details, all we ask is the postage. Cheers Bob. Ps. If a similar thread has already been posted, many apologies.