[modeleng] Re: Giving rides to small children

Hi Ron

You wrote
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> Before going any further, let me say that we do appreciate the hard work
> undertaken by the Southern Federation and its officials (your good self
> included) to enable us to enjoy our hobby in safety. Preparing a document=
 on
> such a sensitive subject must have been a thankless task for all involved=
.
>=20

Thanks for your kind words

> Now to the reasons for our stance. We decided not to contact the local
> Social Services department, because this could open up a whole can of wor=
ms.

Agreed.  When the guidelines were being formulated I contacted my local
council to see what advise they had to hand - I wish I hadn't! Talk about
jobsworth.


> They would probably act defensively and ask for a CRB check on all of the
> individuals involved in the running of the railway.

Not required at all.
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> Our club has suffered from a loss of membership following a general
> tightening up of our rules over the last few years.

A great pity.

> The general feeling of our members is
> that it=B9s US that need protecting from THEM, some of whom can be very unr=
uly
> at times!

Couldn't agree more.
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> I will be writing on this subject in our Winter club magazine, but I thin=
k
> it=B9s unlikely that we will make any changes to our rules.

Probably the case with the majority of clubs.


Thanks for your reply


--=20
Regards

Mike Leahy
South Ockendon, UK=20

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