Working safely with children
Our Clubs should be creative, fun, and safe places for children to learn.
As part of our commitment to keeping children in our clubs safe, we request that all our volunteers have a Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC).
The quickest and easiest way to get a record check is to apply through Hong Kong Police Force. We can support you through the process.
- Make an appointment through the Auto-Telephone Answering System at 3660 7499
Complete a simple form online.
- No less than one working day in advance of the intended appointment.
- The check is processed very quickly
For more details, please refer to the below link:
Please note that there is a processing fee of HK$115. You'll find instructions on how to get started with this when you register as a volunteer or you can email us to get your check started.
There are some essentials that we ask of all venue hosts:
- Clubs should always be free
- Check that your venue has the necessary insurance
- Get parental permission for every child who will be attending the club
- Ensure that volunteers are supported
If you already have a background check statement...
If you already have a Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC), that’s great — go right ahead! You will need to show the statement to the club's host before you start volunteering.
Guidelines on safeguarding
Clubs should be creative, fun, and safe places for children to learn. Technology Club is committed to following best practice when it comes to safeguarding, and we do all we can to make sure that our volunteers know how to protect themselves and the children they work with.
If you are volunteering at a club, before you get started you will need to obtain a Sexual Conviction Record Check (SCRC). You can also check out our video Keeping Children Safe (will upload soon), which summarises the key information you need to know about safeguarding.
As a Club volunteer, you should:
- Never be left alone with young people attending the club
- Take care not to have physical contact with the young people
- Never take or share photos of your club members without appropriate permission
- Never make personal contact with the children outside club sessions, via social media or otherwise
- Ask for a copy of the club venue’s child protection or safeguarding policy, and familiarise yourself with the contents
- As working with children, you have a duty to report anything that concerns you about a child in your club. Should you have a concern, or if a child in your club discloses information that concerns you, you should raise the matter immediately with a member of staff at the club venue, who will guide you on appropriate next steps.
For club hosts
We ask all of our volunteers to obtain a background check. All Code Club volunteers receive basic safeguarding guidance before they start.
It is your responsibility to do the following to safeguard the volunteer and the children you are working with:
- Check the volunteer’s background check document when you first meet them to plan the club
- Make sure that the volunteer is accompanied by a member of staff at all times whilst on site
Talking to us
We take safeguarding issues extremely seriously.
If you have a concern about a child or about one of our volunteers, you can contact us via email or phone.
You can also read our child protection policy and the document describing our safeguarding reporting procedure.