Age Related Sales Test Purchase Exercise
Trading standards carry out under-age test purchasing to check that sellers of age restricted projects, such as alcohol, tobacco and fireworks, do not sell to children. They are looking for young volunteers aged between 14 – 17 years old.
The young person will be fully trained in what to say and do. The young person will be told to say that they are 18 years old and give a date of birth appropriate for a person of 18 if asked their age/date of birth by the retailer.
At least one officer will supervise the young person at all times. In any exercise, the young person’s welfare is paramount. The nature of the young person’s involvement in the exercise will not be revealed whilst they are on the premises, unless the officer is of the opinion that their welfare is at risk. The officer will intervene at any time where the young person’s welfare is at risk.
The local authority will not reveal the young person’s identity in any subsequent publicity. Appropriate refreshments and transportation will be provided. This exercise may result in legal action and the local authority will endeavour to ensure that they young person will not be required to attend court as a witness. However in exceptional circumstances this may still occur.
The parent/carer will provide a witness statement to confirm the date of birth of the young person, if required.
Volunteers need to be confident. The activity will take place during school holidays or a few hours after school but this is rare.
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