Childcare Office

Smoking, alcohol and drugs policy

Drugs

Playworkers or volunteers who arrive at the Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme (CUHP) clearly under the influence of illegal drugs will be taken into a separate room and questioned and disciplinary procedures may be implemented. Children who arrive at CUHP clearly under the influence of illegal drugs will be taken into a separate room and their parents will be called.

If a child is found in possession of illegal drugs on the premises, the drugs will be confiscated and their parent will be informed immediately. If Playworkers are found in possession of illegal drugs, serious disciplinary action will follow. In both cases the police may be called.

In cases where Playworkers are taking prescribed drugs that may affect their ability to function effectively at work, the Playscheme Co-ordinator should be informed as early as possible and a risk assessment will be completed. Playworkers are required to notify CUHP of any changes to their ‘health and CRB declaration' during each Playscheme to ensure there has been no change in circumstances since they last worked.

Alcohol

Playworkers, students, volunteers who arrive at CUHP clearly under the influence of alcohol, will be taken into a separate room and questioned and disciplinary procedures will be implemented. Children, who arrive at CUHP clearly under the influence of alcohol, will be taken into a separate room and parents contacted.

If a child is found in possession of alcohol on the premises the alcohol will be confiscated and their parent will be informed immediately. Playworkers must not bring alcohol onto CUHP premises.

If a Playworker has good reason to suspect that a parent is under the influence of alcohol when they drop off or collect their child, to the extent that the safety of the child is threatened, they have a duty to inform the CUHP designated Child Protection Officer, according to the provisions of the Safeguarding Policy.

The Playscheme Co-ordinator will then be responsible for deciding on the appropriate course of action, ensuring that the safety and protection of the child remains paramount at all times.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises. This rule applies equally to Playworkers, students, volunteers, children, parents or any other visitors.

If a child is found in possession of cigarettes on the premises, the cigarettes will be confiscated and their parent informed.

Parents under the Influence

If a Playworker has good reason to suspect that a parent is under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol when they drop off or collect their child, they have a duty to inform the CUHP designated Child Protection Officer, who, according to the provisions of the Safeguarding policy will then be responsible for deciding upon the appropriate course of action, ensuring that the safety and protection of the child remains paramount at all times.

Playworkers will make all possible efforts to ensure that children are not allowed to travel in a vehicle driven by someone under the influence of illegal drugs. Where an illegal act is suspected, the police will be called.

Policy reviewed 14 December 2011.