Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Weymouth Rowing Club (WRC) Child Protection Policy
Weymouth Rowing Club acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice, Weymouth Rowing Club and the CPGA requirements.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all people:
• have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Weymouth Rowing Club in a safe, child centred and welcoming environment
• are protected from abuse whilst participating in Weymouth Rowing Club or outside associated activities.
Weymouth Rowing Club acknowledges that some children, including disabled children, young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy Weymouth Rowing Club will:
• promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults
• promote and prioritise an environment that welcomes equality and diversity for all members
• ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children, young people and vulnerable adults
• ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/ concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
• ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
• prevent the employment/ deployment of unsuitable individuals
• ensure robust safeguarding arrangement and procedures are in operation.
The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Weymouth Rowing Club. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/ exclusion from the club.
All incidents will be reported to the relevant authorities for action and prosecution as required.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the Club Welfare Officer or allocated club representative to ensure it remains relevant and compliant with legislation. A more detailed review will take place three yearly, or in the following circumstances:
• changes in legislation and/ or government guidance
• as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, CPGA or British Rowing Sports Councils and Weymouth Rowing Club
• as a result of any other significant change or event.
Last reviewed October 2021 by Stu Boswell, Vice Chair
CPGA Safeguarding can be viewed here Safeguarding CPGA
CPGA Code of Conduct can be viewed here CPGA Code of Conduct