Age check - Preventing the sale of age restricted products to children

Age Check, a retailer due diligence resource, has been developed to assist you and your staff in refusing approaches from young people seeking to purchase age restricted goods.

Age Check is designed for you, in consultation with retailers and the Police, to help you and your staff make the right decisions when it comes to selling these products. The resource is now web based to allow it to be updated when needed. This is to ensure that you receive the latest up-to-date information to assist you in preventing underage sales.

Guide to register to use the Age Check website free of charge

  1. To use the new system you will need to register on www.agecheck.co.uk . Go to the website and click the "Register" button at the top of the screen (right hand side).
  2. On the registration page enter your details and then select your Authority: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council from the drop down list.
  3. Once registered, select Online Bundles. Add what you would like to your shopping cart. (When prompted you can click to view your shopping cart or click the Cart icon at the top of the screen). Please only add the online bundles to your shopping cart.
  4. Under the Heading "Have An Authority Promocode?" enter the Promotion code BlackburnandDarwen2012 and click "Apply Promocode". If the promocode is correct it will turn your order into a free purchase.
  5. At the bottom of the screen click "Create Free Order". This will generate the order and put the downloads into your account ready for you and your staff to use.

To view your order and downloaded items - click on "Your Account" at the top and then "View Order History" on the left-hand side. This will show the order that you have just created. Clicking on the "Pencil icon" will let you see all the files you can download within the order.

Please remember that it is a legal obligation for you and your staff to know the laws relating to the supply of age restricted products. We strongly advise the use of a Check 25 policy as a minimum age limit, seeking proof of age from your customers that do not look over 25.

The Equality Act 2010 - Important Information

This act deals with age discrimination. It is now illegal to discriminate in the sale and supply of goods, services and facilities to anyone aged 18 or over.

In order for businesses that sell age restricted goods to benefit from the exemption i.e. to operate a Check 25 policy, a notice must be displayed stating that the goods will not be provided to a person who:

  1. Appears to be less than the specified age, and:
  2. Fails to produce satisfactory ID to prove their age

You will find a notice on the Age Check website which you can download. This notice must be displayed to ensure that you are complying with this requirement.

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