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Unattended Children and Vulnerable Patrons

The Camrose Public Library welcomes children of all ages and vulnerable adults to use its facilities and services. However, library staff cannot assume responsibility for the safety and well-being of children or vulnerable adults left unattended in the building.

Responsibility for the welfare and the behaviour of children and vulnerable adults using the library ultimately rests with the parent/guardian or an assigned caregiver.

Children eight (8) years of age and younger and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by an adult.  Children ages of nine (9) and ten (10) must have a supervisor of at least 12 years of age in attendance while in the library.  

Children eight (8) years of age and younger and vulnerable adults attending programs must remain in the eyesight of their parents or caregivers or, if in the confines of a room during a scheduled program that does not require parent or caregiver supervision, may be supervised by the library staff only during the scheduled time of the program. Children eight (8) years of age and younger and vulnerable adults attending unstaffed programming or library-wide events must remain within eyesight of their parents or caregivers. 

If a child age nine (9) or ten (10) years of age is unable to use library resources and spaces safely and in a responsible fashion, Library staff, at their discretion, may request parents or caregivers to remain within eyesight of their children regardless of the age of the child.

Any child or a vulnerable adult who leaves the library cannot be detained by staff.

If a child or vulnerable adult is left at the library at closing time, emergency closings or in the event of an emergency situation, the staff person in charge will attempt to contact the parents or adult caregivers. If the parent or adult caregivers cannot be contacted, staff will notify the police. Staff will remain with the child until the police arrive. Under no circumstances will library staff transport or take the child or vulnerable adult away from the library building regardless of whether or not they have consent of the child’s or vulnerable adult’s parent or guardian.

Legislation: Canadian Criminal Code

Abandoning child

218. Every one who unlawfully abandons or exposes a child who is under the age of ten years, so that its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to be permanently injured,

·         (a) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or

·         (b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 218;
  • 2005, c. 32, s. 12.


Approval Date:  January 2015

Amended: March 21, 2017

Revision/Review Date: March 2020

Approval Signature: _________Elizabeth Luck___________________________________________

                                                         Camrose Public Library Board Chair