This advice is designed to provide basic guidance. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law. A large print version is available.
Donating unwanted toys to charity through an organised scheme can give a child's discarded but once cherished playthings a new lease of life.
This advice is intended to guide those who take part in such schemes to ensure that only safe and suitable toys reach the children for whom they are intended.
Ideally, toys donated to the scheme should be those which are, for whatever reason, unwanted.
Where the original packing or manufacturer's instructions are still available, they should be handed in with the toy.
It is important that anyone wanting to donate toys is told about the above requirements so that they can sort their toys accordingly. Once toys are received, the following action should be taken:
Closely examine the remaining toys for small parts which are or could become loose like eyes, noses, or small wheels. Carry out checks for sharp points, edges or spikes. Remove and safely dispose of any batteries.
After toys have been checked they should be stored in a clean, dry area to await collection.
Charities collecting toys for use by children in their care should keep the following points in mind:
Reviewed November 2010
B/saf/022/05 November 1998