This section of the procedures outline issues to be considered and action to be taken for a child who is begging.
1.1 An adult begging for money may have a child with them whose role is to invoke public sympathy. A child may also beg alone or appear to be so doing.
1.2 Consideration of the needs of the child should include their age, the degree of adult supervision, time of day etc.
1.3 Where a Police Officer is made aware of such activity s/he should:
1.4 Children’s social care are expected to act on this referral by way of:
1.5 Activities such as ‘penny for the guy’, ‘trick or treat’ or carol singing are not normally regarded as begging if arrangements are age appropriate and effectively supervised.