Keep your event safe and legal
This page covers the most important things you need to consider to make sure that your event meets legal requirements. And that all those attending your event are safe.
Please note that this is guidance and not formal advice. If you need to, you can find an independent legal advisor via the Law Society.
During these unprecedented times you must make sure that your fundraising activity is in line with government safety guidance. This is changing frequently and you can find the most up to date guidance here.
Make sure that any electronic or paper record you keep about people attending/ involved with your fundraising event complies with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR 25 May 2018).
Please visit the Information Commissioner's Officer for further information and guidance. You must not share personal information you have gathered during the organisation of your event with any third party other than Action for Children.
If you’re planning to take photos or videos before or at your event, you’ll need to get permission from everyone involved.
It’s a good idea to ask people sign a media consent form beforehand, your area fundraiser can get one for you.
Alternatively, you could offer an ‘opt-out’ option to make sure the people attending know that filming and/or photography is taking place.
If your event involves the public, you will need to have Public Liability Insurance.
If your event is taking place on private property, check with the venue first as they may already have insurance that covers your event. If not, speak to your home insurance provider, as they might be able to offer you the necessary cover.
As this event is not organised or controlled by Action for Children, the charity cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury suffered by you or anyone else arising as a result of organising or participating in your event.
Permissions and licenses
If you’ve got entertainment planned, are serving alcohol, or holding a lottery or raffle, you might need a license. Speak to your local authority to find out what licenses you need or whether a temporary event notice will suffice. It’s a good idea to speak to your venue first. Their licenses may cover your activity.
You can get advice from a professional medical company such as St John’s Ambulance about what type of First Aid to have at your event.
The level of first aid cover you need depends on many factors, such as:
- type of event and risk involved
- the number of people
- the age and type of people attending
- length of the event
- how near the venue is to local medical facilities
A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people. It allows you to weigh up whether enough precautions are in place to protect people, or if more needs to be done to prevent harm occurring.
By carrying out a risk assessment, you will be looking at what could cause you, volunteers or participants harm and checking that the necessary precautions to prevent these things from happening have been taken.
Once a risk assessment has been completed it provides:
- A list of control measures to eliminate or reduce risk.
- Vital information for those at risk and others who play a role in controlling risk.
- A written record of what has been done to control risk which can be used to prove to any enforcing authority that you have carried out a risk assessment and put in place effective controls and/or as evidence in a court of law in both civil and criminal proceedings.
- It also provides you with a means of tracking actions to improve safety by reviewing risk assessments and action plans at appropriate intervals i.e. if the weather changes during an event
If you are planning to use a caterer at your event you should ensure that they hold a Food Hygiene Certificate and have Public Liability Insurance in place.
You can also visit the Foods Standards Agency website for guidelines on preparing, handling and cooking food.
If you are going to be accepting any money e.g. sponsorship on the day, here are some tips:
- Have two people present when money is being handled and counted.
- Use a secure container such as a lockable cash box or sealed container.
- It might be wise to provide receipts for payments received.
- Always use a safe route and always be with someone or carry a personal alarm.
- Bank the money as soon as possible.
- Stay safe! If you are confronted by someone demanding the money, hand it to them straight away. Do not put up a fight. Report the matter to the police.
Participant and volunteer briefings
If you are organising a participation event e.g. a walk or run, it would be wise to brief your volunteers and participants to ensure they are fully prepared for the day. For example, you could remind them about the importance of drinking enough water during the event, any event rules or the lost child/person process.