When attending MAYA meetings your child will be well looked after by our team of volunteers, all of whom are carefully recruited and trained by YAC HQ. Please contact us if you feel your child needs extra support to attend club sessions and you would therefore prefer to stay with them. Our volunteers are not able to help children with medical or personal care, except emergency First Aid. If your child needs this kind of help a parent or guardian will need to accompany them at sessions.

We welcome children with disabilities and additional needs. If your child wishes to join please contact us to discuss any support and adjustments we might need to make to help your child access the sessions. We may ask you to stay at sessions with your child to provide additional support if needed.

We work very hard to make sure that every child who attends a session is safe, happy and well cared for. This includes:

  • Health and safety. Every activity is thoroughly risk assessed and there is a trained First Aider at every session.
  • Volunteer recruitment. Every YAC Leader goes through a thorough application process, including providing two references and regular criminal record checks. Our Leaders also sign up to YAC’s Code of Conduct.
  • Training and guidance. New YAC clubs are provided with Child Protection training, and guidance is available to all our clubs in our Handbook.
  • Emergency support. YAC has a Designated Safeguarding Officer based at YAC HQ in York, who is specially trained to support children, parents and volunteers if a child is thought to be at risk. If you have any concerns about a child or an adult involved in the club please contact Mike Heyworth at the Council for British Archaeology on 01904 671 417.