Harpelstane has two key controlling policies.

Risk Assessment Policy: Prior to all events the Event Steward and Seneschal shall revisit the risk assessment process. It will be the responsibility of the Event Steward that the risk assessment mitigations are followed. Where events are held at Historic Scotland sites the issued assessment will be followed unless additional mitigations are identified specific to that event.

Child Protection Policy: The SCA in Harpelstane has a duty of care to safeguard all children involved in any Harpelstane activity and ensure that they are protected from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. The Harpelstane officers will ensure the safety and protection of all children involved at all Harpelstane events through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Harpelstane Seneschal and Officers.

Guidance on running events in Harpelstane, including the implementation of these policies, has been put together into two documents - currently called the "Harpelstane Training Handbook" and the "Harpelstane Child Protection Handbook". Both of these handbooks together with example risk assessments and the sign in sheet for children at events can be found on thedownload page.

Our Child Protection Policy is in line with the following SCA Board of Director's directive.

The officers of Harpelstane have also declared their support for this Child Protection Policy


Below is some of the paperwork that Harpelstane uses to comply with mundane law - for you to download