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Child Protection Policy

The Club recognises that we have a duty of care towards young and vulnerable participants and can help protect them from abuse. The Club recognises that for Child Protection purposes, a child refers to any person under the age of 18.


The Club members are volunteers. The only people hired are periodic demonstrators.



The Club recognises that

  1. The welfare of young people and vulnerable adults is a primary concern.

  2. All young people whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.

  3. All incidents of suspicious poor practice and allegations should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.


Summary of The Clubs Responsibilities

  1. Accepts the responsibility to provide a duty of care for young people, safeguard their wellbeing and protect them from abuse.

  2. Respects and promotes the rights, wishes and feelings of young people and vulnerable adults.

  3. Requires all members of The Club to adopt and abide by this document.


The Legal Framework

Everyone who works with children need to be aware of the laws that aim to provide protection.

  1. The Children Act 1989 The Children Act 1989 provides county councils (children’s social care departments) and others with powers and duties to protect children whilst at the same time providing safeguards for both children and parents against excessive or unwarranted intervention.

  2. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA) This Act introduces the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) as part of the independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).


Protecting Members and Children

Good Practice Guidelines, Good Practice Means:

  1. Always working in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations and encouraging an open environment (e.g. no secrets)

  2. Treating all young people equally, and with respect and dignity

  3. Always putting the welfare of each young person first

  4. Maintaining a safe and appropriate distance. If any form of manual/physical support is required, it should be provided openly after explanation and agreement gained

  5. Being an excellent role model - this includes not smoking or drinking alcohol or swearing in the company of young people

  6. Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism

  7. Securing parental consent in writing

  8. Requesting written parental consent if club officials are required to transport young people in theirs cars


Practice Never to be Sanctioned

You should never:

  1. Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching

  2. Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged

  3. Make sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in fun

  4. Allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon


Report any concerns to a Committee member.


Revision 25 June 2019

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