The primary responsibility for the welfare of children/ young people visiting the museum rests with their teachers/ leaders at all times, and therefore responsibility cannot be passed on to the Museum or its staff. Based on current Northern Ireland legislation, the Ulster American Folk Park Museum requires that groups under the age of 18 years be supervised at all times. Groups not fulfilling these requirements may be turned away.
Please see below for the minimum acceptable ratio of leaders to students as laid down by the Children Order (NI) 1995:
||1 adult to 3 children
||1 adult to 4 children
||1 adult to 8 children
||2 adults (preferably one of each gender) for up to 20 children/ young people and one additional staff member for every additional 10 children/young people therefore.
Protection of Vulnerable Adults and Children
The Museum operates a Vulnerable Adult and Child Protection Policy. For further information please contact the Learning Centre. The Museum’s designated officer for Vulnerable Adult and Child Protection is Ruth Turkington, +44 (0)28 9039 5275.
Risk assessments and hazard identification
The Museum’s public areas have been designed and are maintained as safe spaces for all our visitors.
Exhibitions and activities are designed with full consideration for risk control measures. Assessments are completed for new works and activities.
Hazards are identified in a daily monitoring programme. They are isolated or rectified as soon as possible.
Health and safety
The Museum has a written health and safety policy. Contact Geoff Davidson, Health & Safety manager on +44 (0) 28 9042 8428 for details.
National Museums Northern Ireland has in place and maintains insurance cover in respect of Public and Product liability. The limit on these policies is £10,000,000. Groups are responsible for ensuring they have adequate cover for travel, property and their own leaders’ liability insurance.
The Museum wishes that all visitors have an enjoyable stay and expects all visitors to display courtesy and respect for others and for Museum property at all times. We therefore ask that as a group leader you do not allow your group to:
- Make any sectarian, sexist, racist or other offensive remarks – toward any person or group
- Vandalise museum property
- Scare or hurt the animals
- Use threatening, abusing or violent behaviour
- In the event that any of the above are not followed, the museum reserves the right to refuse admission and/or ask the group to leave. Where a group causes malicious damage, the museum also reserves the right to take additional action which may include charging the group for any damage
In case of an accident, a small number of Museum staff is trained to administer First Aid. It is advisable however to have your own first aider with you. For further details please contact the Learning Centre on +44 (0) 2890 428 428. We would advise groups to have a contingency plan in place.
The nearest Accident & Emergency Department is located at Dundonald Hospital.