Young peoples’ policy


1.      About this policy

  1. Derbyshire House is committed to ensuring that all young people (above school leaving age and under the age of 18) including but not limited to all employees, volunteers, casual workers, agency workers and anyone using our services, are provided with a safe and suitable environment whilst attending our premises.
  2. This policy sets out our arrangements based on the applicable legislation in relation to:
    1. Employees, workers or contractors engaged by Derbyshire House;
    2. Volunteers based at Derbyshire House; and
    3. Any young person attending Derbyshire House.
  3. This policy covers all employees, volunteers, casual workers and agency workers under the age of  18.
  4. Derbyshire house may not be able to employ individuals under the age of 18 to carry out certain roles or tasks and this will be discussed with the individual on a case by case basis.
  5. This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it at any time. We will continue to review this policy to ensure it is achieving its aims.

2.      Responsibility for this policy

  1. The Trustees have overall responsibility for the operation of this policy. The registered manager is the person with day-to-day responsibility for this policy.
  2. The registered manager will ensure that this policy is reviewed every year.

3.      Training

  1. We will ensure that you are given adequate training and supervision to perform your work or volunteer work competently and safely.
  2. Staff will be given all relevant training including in relation to Derbyshire House policies and procedures, health and safety induction and staff will be provided with appropriate support and supervision at all times.

4.      Working Hours

  1. Your working time shall not exceed:
    1. 8 hours in any day; and
    2. 40 hours a week.
  2.  You are not required or able to work between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

5.      Rest Breaks

  1. Young people are usually entitled to the following rest breaks:
    1. A 30 minute rest break if they work more than 4.5 hours (wherever possible, this will be one continuous break);
    2. Daily rest of 12 hours (e.g. between shifts); and
    3. Weekly rest of 48 hours.
  2. You will not usually be required to work over 4.5 hours without a break, except in emergency situations (e.g. an accident). Wherever possible Derbyshire House will seek assistance from a worker or employee who is over the age of 18.
  3. If it is not possible for us to find a worker or employee over the age of 18 to perform the necessary tasks in an emergency situation then you will be required to continue working. You will be entitled to compensatory rest equivalent to any rest break or daily rest that you were prevented from taking. This must be taken within 3 weeks, please arrange with your line manager an appropriate time for you to take this.

6.      Safeguarding

  1. Due to our work with vulnerable individuals, all individuals working or volunteering at Derbyshire House are required to have an enhanced DBS check. This is intended to safeguard both you as a young person, and our residents.
  2. All employees will be provided with assistance with the DBS application process and Derbyshire House will cover the fee for this.
  3. All volunteers will need to provide a copy of the result of their enhanced DBS check to Derbyshire House prior to beginning volunteer work with us.
  4. All employees and volunteers are required to actively monitor and report any safeguarding concerns they have regarding any fellow staff member, volunteer, resident, or visitor to Derbyshire House. This should be raised in first instance to your line manager. Where it is not appropriate to raise to your line manager, you should raise this with the Registered Manager or the trustees.