Child Protection Policy and Procedures

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Whitefriars Sailing Club to safeguard children and young people taking part in boating from physical, sexual or emotional harm. The Club will take all reasonable steps to ensure that, through appropriate procedures and training, children participating in Club activities do so in a safe environment. We recognise that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount and that all children, whatever their age, gender, disability, culture, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, social status or sexual identity, have a right to protection from abuse.

For the purposes of this policy anyone under the age of 18 should be considered as a child. All members of the Club should be aware of the policy.

Club Safeguarding Officer

The Club Safeguarding Officer is Rosie Dalton. (Telephone 07816837100, e-mail rosiedalton@btinternet.com)

Volunteers

All Club volunteers whose role brings them into regular contact with young people will be asked to provide references. The Club Safeguarding Officer and those instructing, coaching or supervising young people will also be asked to apply for an Enhanced Criminal Records Disclosure

Good Practice

All members of the Club should follow the Good Practice Guidelines attached. Those working with young people should be aware of the guidance on recognising abuse (see What is Child Abuse?).

The Club will seek written consent from the child and their parents/carers before taking photos or video at an event or training session or publishing such images. Parents and spectators should be prepared to identify themselves if requested and state their purpose for photography/filming. If the Club publishes images of children, no identifying information other than names will be included. Any concerns about inappropriate or intrusive photography or the inappropriate use of images should be reported to the Club Safeguarding Officer.

Concerns

Anyone who is concerned about a young member’s welfare, either outside the sport or within the Club, should inform the Club Safeguarding Officer immediately, in strict confidence who will follow the procedures outlined by the RYA click here.

Any member of the Club failing to comply with the Child Protection policy and any relevant Codes of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action.

Reference

Child Protection Policy

What is Child Abuse

Hand out for Instructors