Case 307 - Children 15 or under must be accompanied in a zoo


A zoo has a policy stating that "For Health and Safety reasons children aged 15 or under must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 16 or over at all times".

Panel decision

The panel's view is that the policy decision to restrict access to the Zoo to those under 16 unless accompanied by a responsible adult is a reasonable one but it is not a legal requirement under health and safety law. The proprietor's reasons for the policy decision are likely to include numerous factors, including potential unruly behaviour, and concerns about the welfare of the animals. A better explanation of the reasons for the policy rather than falling on the easy "health and safety" catch all would have been much better.