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Jumbles Sailing Club safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Jumbles Sailing Club Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Jumbles sailing Club to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults 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 and vulnerable adults participating in Club activities do so in a safe environment. We recognise that their safety and welfare is paramount and that all members, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social status, 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 Welfare Officer

The Club Welfare Officer is Claire Foreman

Address. 15 Whitsundale, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 3LQ

Tel. 07510377223


Staff and Volunteers

The Club Welfare Officer and those regularly instructing, coaching or supervising young people or vulnerable adults will be asked to apply for a Criminal Records Disclosure.

Good Practice

All members of the Club should follow the good practice guidelines and agree to abide by the Club Code of Conduct and the RYA Racing Charter contained in the Racing Rules of Sailing. Those working or volunteering with young people or vulnerable adults should be aware of the guidance on recognising abuse (see RYA Appendix A).

Adults are requested not to enter the showers and changing rooms at times when children are changing before or after junior/youth training or racing. If this is unavoidable it is advised that they are accompanied by another adult.

Since it is club policy that all children be accompanied by a parent / guardian it is recommended that children be supervised in the changing rooms by their parent / guardian.


Jumbles Facebook Page Policy

Please: Respect all members.

Use appropriate non offensive language.

In becoming a member of Jumbles Sailing Club there is every likelihood that photos of family members may appear from time to time, taken at club events. If you object to any of these photographs being published on the page please contact an Admin to have them deleted.

Photographs must not be disseminated elsewhere without the express permission of the original author.

Admins should verify that any person requesting to join the group is verified as a friend or associate of another club member before accepting them. If in doubt do not accept and refer to the Commodore.

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 Welfare Officer. Photographs may only be published on the club's internet sites by the appropriate administrators.

The Club will seek written consent from parents/carers before taking or publishing photos or video at an event or training session involving non club children ( for example LSSA events, Open days etc. ).

The use of mobile phones and cameras is prohibited in the changing rooms.


Anyone who is concerned about the welfare of a young member or vulnerable adult, either outside the sport or within the Club, should inform the Club Welfare Officer immediately, in strict confidence. The Club Welfare Officer will follow the attached procedures (see RYA Flowcharts 1 and 2).

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

PART 2 Procedures

The Welfare Officer will:

  • Maintain an up to date policy and procedures, compatible with the RYA's.
  • Ensure that all members are provided with a copy of the safeguarding policy and procedures.
  • Ensure that relevant members are aware of and follow the procedures, including implementing safe recruitment procedures.
  • Advise the General Purposes Committee on safeguarding, child and vulnerable adult's protection issues.
  • Maintain contact details for local Children's Services and Police.
  • Arrange DBS checks for relevant members through the R.Y.A.
  • Ensure that all personal information is treated as confidential, stored securely and only shared with those who need to see it in the course of their duties or to protect children. When data is no longer relevant it should be destroyed securely by shredding.

If there is a concern, the Welfare Officer would:

  • Be the first point of contact for any concerns or allegations, from children or adults, ensuring that confidentiality is maintained in all cases.
  • Decide on the appropriate action to be taken, in line with Jumbles Sailing Cub procedures and in conjunction with the Commodore
  • Keep the RYA informed as necessary.

All members should know who the Welfare Officer is and how to contact them. This information will be displayed in the clubhouse and on the club website

Good Practice Guide for Instructors, Coaches and Volunteers

This guide only covers the essential points of good practice when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults. You should also read Jumbles Child Protection Policy and Procedures which are available for reference at all times.

  • Avoid spending any significant time working with children or vulnerable adults in isolation
  • Do not take children or vulnerable adults alone in a car, however short the journey
  • Do not take children or vulnerable adults to your home as part of your organisation's activity
  • Where any of these are unavoidable, ensure that they only occur with the full knowledge and consent of someone in charge of the organisation or the child's parents or vulnerable adult's carer.
  • Design training programmes that are within the ability of the individual child or vulnerable adult.
  • If a child or vulnerable adult is having difficulty with a wetsuit or buoyancy aid, ask them to ask a friend or carer to help if at all possible
  • If you do have to help a child or vulnerable adult, make sure you are in full view of others, preferably another adult

You should never:

  • engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games
  • allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any form
  • allow children or vulnerable adults to use inappropriate language unchallenged, or use such language yourself when with children or vulnerable adults
  • make sexually suggestive comments to a child or vulnerable adult, even in fun
  • fail to respond to an allegation made by a child or vulnerable adult; always act
  • Do things of a personal nature that children or vulnerable adults can do for themselves.

It may sometimes be necessary to do things of a personal nature for children, particularly if they are very young or disabled. These tasks should only be carried out with the full understanding and consent of the child (where possible) and their parents/carers. In an emergency situation which requires this type of help, parents should be fully informed. In such situations it is important to ensure that any adult present is sensitive to the child and undertakes personal care tasks with the utmost discretion.

Jumbles Sailing Club Code of Conduct

It is the policy of Jumbles Sailing Club that all participants, coaches, instructors, officials, parents and volunteers show respect and understanding for each other, treat everyone equally within the context of the sport and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club. The aim is for all participants to enjoy their sport and to improve performance.

Abusive language, swearing, intimidation, aggressive behaviour or lack of respect for others and their property will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action.

Participants - young sailors, windsurfers and power boaters

Listen to and accept what you are asked to do to improve your performance and keep you safe

Respect other participants, coaches, instructors, officials and volunteers

Abide by the rules and play fairly

Do your best at all times

Never bully others either in person, by phone, by text or online

Take care of all property belonging to other participants, the club/class or its members


Support your child's involvement and help them enjoy their sport

Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results

Never force your child to take part in sport

Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes

Encourage and guide your child to accept responsibility for their own conduct and performance

Respect and support the coach

Accept officials' judgements and recognise good performance by all participants

Use established procedures where there is a genuine concern or dispute

Inform the club or event organisers of relevant medical information

Ensure that your child wears suitable clothing and has appropriate food and drink

Provide contact details and be available when required

Take responsibility for your child's safety and conduct in and around the clubhouse/event venue

Coaches, Instructors, Officials and Volunteers

Consider the welfare and safety of participants before the development of performance

Encourage participants to value their performance and not just results

Promote fair play and never condone cheating

Ensure that all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part

Build relationships based on mutual trust and respect

Work in an open environment

Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people

Be an excellent role model and display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance

Do not drink alcohol or smoke when working directly with young people

Communicate clearly with parents and participants

Be aware of any relevant medical information

Follow RYA and club/class guidelines and policies

Holders of RYA Instructor and Coach qualifications must also comply with the RYA Code of Conduct

Holders of RYA Race Official appointments must also comply with the RYA Race Officials Code of Conduct.

If you are concerned that someone is not following the Code of Conduct, you should inform the Welfare Officer or the person in charge of the activity.


Last updated 21:32 on 15 May 2024

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