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Case 397 - Child not allowed in a soft play area with no socks


A child was not allowed to play in a soft play area with no socks on as not having socks on was against health and safety.

Panel opinion

There are no workplace Health and Safety regulations requiring socks to be worn in a soft play area.  NHS online advice is to cover up warts or veruccas if taking part in communal activities, to minimise the risk of infections spreading.  This company’s wider requirement that all children wear socks might well reflect this public health concern.  In this case it would be better to explain the policy and refer to the public health concern rather than to give the impression that there are Health and Safety regulations requiring it. Perhaps the soft play provider could provide socks at a small additional charge for those children who turn up without them to avoid disappointment.

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