Child Safety Policy

Wilson County Public Library Child Safety Policy

Statement of Policy & Text

Young children may not be left unattended anywhere in the library, including areas designated for children. A parent, guardian, or other responsible adult must accompany any children who cannot communicate their first and last names, their phone number, and the first and last name of the person who brought them to the library.
While staff is concerned about the safety and well-being of children and young adults, they cannot assume responsibility for them in the absence of the parent or guardian.

Need for the Policy

Wilson County Public Library attempts to assure the well-being of all customers visiting the library while promoting the enjoyment of books and free access to information; however, parents should understand that the Library cannot assure their children’s safety, especially if left unattended.
Also, when children are left unattended for long periods of time, they may become frightened, restless and/or disruptive, pose physical danger to themselves or others, or interfere with the use of the Library by other customers.

Requirements & Guidelines

• Library staff cannot assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of any child in the absence of the parent/caregiver.
• When the parent/caregiver for an unattended child cannot be located, staff will contact police.
• Library staff cannot be held responsible for the safety and well-being of children left at the library at closing time; however, staff must call a parent/caregiver or the police on behalf of a child left at closing and two library staff members must remain with that child until either the parent/caregiver or the police arrive.
• Library staff may not drive minors to any location, even by request of the parent/caregiver.
• Library staff may not meet with any minor in a private location in the library.
• Any time young children are left unattended in the library, staff will discuss this policy with the parent/caregiver.

Applicable Personnel/Departments
All Library Personnel and Departments, Library Security

Reviewed and approved by:                                      Date of Approval
Wilson County Public Library Management Team     1/10/2019
Wilson County Public Library Board of Trustees       1/17/2019