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Cycle helmets

An interesting question was raised the other day.  A member of one of our youth organisations arrived at the Church without a cycle helmet.  The child was advised that a helmet must be worn in future.  It was then pointed out by one of the parents of the child that it is not law to wear a cycle helmet and therefore we should not require the child to wear one to attend the church activity.

Obviously it makes sense to wear a helmet but to what extent is it an infringement of personal liberty to make it a condition of attending a youth event?

It seems to me that since the wearing of seat belts in a car is compulsory for children and one is much more vulnerable on a bicycle then organisers of youth events have a duty of care towards those attending and therefore requiring helmets to be worn as a condition of attending is the responsible thing to do.

Are there any other points of view?

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