Activities on site
You’ll find a regularly updated list of the various activities on offer at newday - click here to see what sort of things your children may be getting up to. You know your children and their abilities and limitations best, so if you’ve any concerns about them participating fully in any of the activities, please talk to the youth worker accompanying them to the event. Of course we carry out full risk assesments ourselves on all activities at newday, ensure suitable supervision for each and have a professionally qualified medical team on site available around the clock.
Safety on site
Your child’s safety is our priority: with more than 5000 young people on site, we take their safety very seriously. We ask church groups to ensure that they bring one responsible adult for every six young people under 18 that they bring to newday, to make sure everyone is properly looked after. The Group Coordinator is the person with overall responsibility for your child’s church group.
Here are some of the other ways we ensure your child’s safety on site…
On site, the church groups camping on the same zone will be looked after by its Zone Host and team – they’ll act as a point of contact for any issues that arise, and liaise closely with all the other teams at newday to ensure the delegates’ safety, 24 hours a day. They’ll make contact with Group Coordinators on arrivals day, so they’ll be a friendly face in case of need.
At the gate
We’re concerned for young people’s safety both on and off site, so the Gate Team will not only be checking that those accessing the site during the week have legitimate reason to do so, but also checking that any young people attempting to leave site do so safely. Due to the lack of safe pedestrian access off site, delegates under 18 will be strongly discouraged from leaving the site during the event week and will be instructed to bring their Group Coordinator to the main gate if wishing to do so. We hope that all responsible adults will dissuade their young people from leaving the site in the light of the fast-moving traffic on the surrounding ‘A’ roads.
A professional team provides medical cover on site and we have a Fire Officer in attendance throughout the event, with appropriate arrangements made with the emergency services, should an accident occur. And, of course, we make sure all sporting activities are carefully supervised with appropriate safety equipment.
We ask everyone booked into newday to wear a numbered wristband during the event. This ensures we can identify easily anyone not booked in, as well as all those who are – important in case of injury or accident. Those visiting for the day are also given wristbands to wear. In addition, all newday servers and contractors are given identity badges to wear on site.
We have a Safeguarding Coordinator on site, whose role is to be available for advice and training, both for young people, their supervising adults and event servers. All our servers are asked to adhere to the newday Child Protection Policy and must have undergone a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. Of course, this also applies to everyone joining the Ministry Team, who pray for young people when requested. All servers wear appropriate identification.
All this and more is available in a pdf for you to print and keep. We’re just updating this for 2014, but here’s last year’s document in the meantime for you info.