It is important to take particular care when involving children in fundraising, whether as fundraisers or as donors. This section includes standards on minimum age restrictions that apply when
6.1.Responsibilities relating to fundraising involving children
You must keep to any relevant age limits set by law when organising fundraising activities.
You must make sure that your staff understand their responsibilities and what they must do in relation to activity organisers, the children taking part, and the parents or guardians of those children.
You must give the children or young people taking part, and their parents or guardians, guidance on how to carry out fundraising safely and legally.
You must not give children under 16 overall responsibility for handling money or responsibility for counting collected money.
You must only contact children on school premises if you have the approval of the head teacher or a member of the school’s staff chosen by the head teacher, and you must follow any procedures you have agreed with them.
You must get permission before taking or publishing photographs of children. If the child is over 13 years old they can give this permission themselves. If they are under 13, you must get permission from their parent or guardian.
Further requirements for England and Wales
You must not allow anyone under the age of 16 to carry out house-to-house collections, unless the
Further requirements for Scotland
Further requirements for Northern Ireland
You must not allow anyone under the age of 16 to carry out street collections or house-to-house collections. The exception to this is if a
6.2.Children and data protection
The law does not set a minimum age for when a child can give an organisation consent to process their data. However, as a guide for developing your policies on
If you rely on consent as the lawful basis for processing a child’s data, you must get their parent’s or guardian’s
You must not share any data you collect from anyone aged under 14 without consent from their parent or guardian, unless you have to do so by law (for example, during a police investigation).