15-16 June 2024 at the NEC Birmingham - Get your tickets before they sell out!

Visitor Protection Policy

The organisers of AnimeCon believe that is always unacceptable for a young person to experience abuse of any kind and recognizes its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all young people, by a commitment to practice which protects them.

We recognize that:
  • The welfare of the child/young person is paramount
  • All young people, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • Working in partnership with young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

The purpose of this policy is:
  • To provide protection for young people who attend AnimeCon, including the children of adult members.
  • To provide staff and volunteers with guidance on procedures they should adopt if they suspect a young person may be experiencing, or may be at risk of, harm.
  • This policy applies to all staff, including Directors, paid staff, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of the show or The Fanatic Group Ltd.
We will seek to safeguard young people by:
  • Valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
  • Adopting protection guidelines through procedures and a code of behavior for staff and volunteers.
  • Sharing information about protection and good practice with young people, parents, staff and volunteers.
  • Sharing information and concerns with agencies who need to know and involving parents and children appropriately.
  • Providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
  • We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

Code of behaviour for adults working

This outlines the behaviour expected of staff and the volunteers who engage with children and young people at the event exhibition and its activities.


This code has been developed to provide advice which will not only help to protect children but will also help identify any practices which could be mistakenly interpreted and perhaps lead to false allegations of abuse being made against individuals.

Following this good practice guide will also help to protect the show by reducing the possibility of anyone using their role within the organisation to gain access to children to abuse them.

When working with children and young people for the show all staff and volunteers are acting in a position of trust. It is therefore important that staff and volunteers are aware that they may be seen as role models by children and must always act in an appropriate manner and follow the code of behaviour.

All members of staff and volunteers are expected to report any breaches of this code to a senior director of The Fanatic Group Ltd.

Any breach of this code involving a member of staff or volunteer may result in them being asked to leave the event immediately. Serious breaches of this code may also result in a referral being made to a statutory agency such as the police or Children’s Services Department.

When working with children and young people it is important to:
  • Always follow the organisers child protection policy
  • Always listen and respect children and young people.
  • Always avoid favoritism
  • Treat children and young people fairly and without prejudice
  • Value and take children’s contributions seriously
  • Always ensure equipment is used appropriately and for the purpose it was designed for
  • Follow the ICT safety policy and report any breaches
  • Provide examples of good conduct you wish others to follow
  • Challenge unacceptable behavior and report all allegations/suspicions of abuse