Safeguarding policy

Shaldon Sailing Club is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
taking part in its activities from physical, sexual or emotional harm, neglect or
bullying. We recognise that the safety, welfare and needs of the child are paramount
and that any child, irrespective of age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex or
gender identity, or social status, has a right to protection from discrimination and
Shaldon Sailing Club takes all reasonable steps to ensure that appropriate operating
procedures offer a safe and fun environment to children and adults taking part in its
events and activities.
For the purpose of this policy anyone under the age of 18 should be considered as a
child. All members of the Club are responsible for safeguarding and should be
aware of the policy.
The Club Safeguarding Officer is Mike Clayton Mobile No. 07946408332. Email:

Club Members & Volunteers
All club members and volunteers whose role brings them into regular contact with
young people and vulnerable adults, should be fully aware and should follow the
RYA Good Practice Guidelines. Two of our Committee Members have Enhanced
DBS Certificates (Disclosure & Barring Service) Jenny Barrett & Mike Clayton.
Those members who run the club safety boat should take care when lifting children
from their capsized dinghy onto the safety boat and if possible utilise the safety
ladder rather than holding, lifting or pulling them into a safe environment. In an
emergency of having to manually handle a child, exact verbal explanations should be
given to the child as to how this will be achieved.
If members are in the Club House with a child or vulnerable adult there should be at
least two adults available at all times.
The club will seek consent from parents /carers before taking photos or videos of a
child at any event run by the club, and written consent if going to be published. In
the event of the club publishing 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
Safeguarding Officer or a Committee Member.
Anyone who is concerned about a young members, vulnerable adults or participants
welfare, either outside the sport or within the Club should inform the Safeguarding
Officer or a Committee Member immediately, in strict confidence. The Club
Safeguarding Officer will then follow the RYA guidelines.