Calling on youngsters for Trading Standards support

Denbighshire County Council is on the lookout for young volunteers to assist Trading Standards in checking the sales of age restricted products in the county.

Trading Standardsare responsible for enforcing laws in relation to age restricted sales, including alcohol, knives, cigarettes and more recently e-cigarettes.

The Council is now on the lookout for volunteers who would enter shops and  attempt to purchase age restricted products. They will need to behave as ordinary customers, under the supervision of a trading standards officer.

There are strict guidelines that govern test purchasing and the Council would therefore be looking for volunteers aged between 14 and 16 years (not older than 16 years and 6 months).

Councillor Tony Thomas, Cabinet Lead Member for Public Protection, said: “The vast majority of shop staff are fully aware of the law and are fully compliant. However, there are examples of individual shop staff who sometimes sell restricted goods. However, test purchase exercises are the most effective way for Trading Standards to ensure retailers are complying with the law.

“We do not ask volunteers to attempt test purchases in areas where they are likely to be recognised, for example shops close to home or school. Volunteers are selected with regard to age and appearance, and suitability for the type of premises to be visited. They are allowed to dress as a young person normally would, and can wear make-up/jewellery that they would usually wear

Parent/Guardians of any volunteers will be asked to complete a consent form and provide the child’s birth certificate. The parents / guardians can  stipulate when and where the child can attend and also advise of any dietary requirements, as suitable refreshments will be provided during any test purchasing exercise.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Nicola Sutton on 01824 706497 or e-mail:

Posted on Wednesday 30th August 2017