Safeguarding Policy - Good Practice Guidelines

Minimising Risk

Whilst mainly aimed at organisers and volunteers, all should be aware of these guidelines:

  • Avoid spending any significant time working with children or protected adults in isolation
  • Do not take children alone in a car, however short the journey
  • Do not take children to your home as part of the Club’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 activity or the child’s parents

·       If you do have to help a child, 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 to use inappropriate language unchallenged, or use such language yourself when with children or protected adults
  • make sexually suggestive comments to a child , or protected adult even in fun
  • fail to respond to an allegation made by a child or protected adult; always act
  • do things of a personal nature that children or protected 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 either the child or protected adult (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.

Changing Room

Adults are requested not to enter the changing room at times when children are changing before or after junior activities.  If this is unavoidable it is advised that they are accompanied by another adult.

If a child is having difficulty with a wetsuit or buoyancy aid, ask them to ask a friend to help if at all possible.

The use of any form of camera in changing areas is strictly forbidden. Such use by young people will be considered as a form of bullying.


The Club (i.e. committee or event organiser) 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 either in print or online.  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.