Safeguarding

The Club accepts that it has an obligation to provide a duty of care to protect members who are children or vulnerable adults, to safeguard their welfare, irrespective of age, gender, racial origin, religious belief, sexual identity or disability, while involved in club activities.

The Club will take all reasonable practical steps to protect such members from harm and discrimination and will respond appropriately to all reported suspicions and allegations.

The Club recognises that the key to good practice is having an awareness of the principles required to promote a safe environment for all.

The Club will adopt the;
British Cycling Safeguarding and Protecting Children policy and the
British Cycling Safeguarding and Protecting Vulnerable Adults Policy
with particular reference to Section 2 of those documents, Good Practice, Poor Practice and Abuse, and Section 3, Responding to Suspicions and Allegations of Abuse.

The Committee’s responsibility is to ensure suitable procedures exist to meet this policy.

The Club has an appointed Club Welfare Officer. In his absence, the Chairman of the Club Committee shall fulfil this role.

Any member, coach, or parent who has concerns about the welfare of any child or vulnerable adult should report them in writing to the Club Welfare Officer who will then initiate an investigation into the allegations in accordance with the British Cycling policies. For contact details for the Club Welfare Officer, see the Contacts page of the website.

A section of the Safeguarding policy refers to photography. The committee considers that for the type of events that we usually run, the recommended policy of accrediting photographers is unduly onerous. All Club members, parents of Club members and press photographers are therefore exempted from the need to be accredited. Photographers outside these categories will need to be accredited.

The Committee’s responsibility is to ensure suitable procedures exist to meet this policy statement.

Procedures

The Club has a few straightforward requirements;

1. All participants in Club events who are under 18 need to complete a Parental Consent form.
This will be sent out with event details.

2. Participants aged 14 and under also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian or other
nominated adult.

3. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure that the activity is within for the child’s
capabilities, and that bikes are in good working order.

4. Parent/guardians are to ensure that riders wear suitable clothing, including a helmet, are
properly equipped, and have any necessary medication (including inhalers etc) with them.