BRAMHALL QUEENSGATE BOWLING CLUB
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULT POLICY
1 In this policy the term “vulnerable person” means any child under the age of 18 years, and any adult who is vulnerable whether by disabilities or by reduction in capacities or by their situation. It is recognised that this increased vulnerability may be temporary or permanent and may be visible or invisible.
2 Bramhall Queensgate Bowling Club aims to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all vulnerable persons who wish to participate in bowling and social activities at the club.
3 We believe that any vulnerable person coming to the club and taking part in club activities has the right to be safe, secure and free from harm, actual or threatened.
4 We will ensure that the club provides for the needs of such vulnerable persons by promoting safe practice and taking immediate steps to provide help and support when a vulnerable person tells us that they have been a victim of abuse or inappropriate behaviour.
5 The club has a coaching scheme, working with people of all ages, and working with local school children as part of their curriculum. We also have a junior membership section.
6 The coaching scheme is run by qualified coaches who are required to hold a British Crown Green Bowling Association Coaching Scheme licence and to be checked through the government Disclosure and Barring Service and have an up to date Safeguarding Children Certificate.
7 When coaching groups which include children there should always be two qualified coaches present. Coaches are not in loco parentis, and there should always be at least one teacher or group leader present who is responsible for the behaviour of the children on and off the green. It is acknowledged that there may be other members present assisting the coaches, and those members will be made aware of the contents of this policy.
8 When coaching junior members, or children who are guests of members, a coach should not act alone, and there must always be at least one parent, guardian or other adult responsible for such children present at all times.
9 All those who act on behalf of the club, wherever possible, should not act alone with a vulnerable person where the activity is not in full view of others. In case of emergency where such action might be necessary, a written note of the date, name of the vulnerable person and reason for such action should be made.
10 Junior members of the club under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult responsible for them, although such person need not actually be on the green. Children over that age may attend the club and play unaccompanied.
11 The committee will appoint an adult member to be the Safeguarding Officer and who shall be a point of contact for any vulnerable person (or parent or guardian or other representative of a vulnerable person) who may have been affected by abuse or inappropriate behaviour and the name and contact number of that person shall be prominently displayed on the club notice board, together with a copy of this policy.
Adopted by the committee on the 28th April 2018