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Chillington Divers Safeguarding Policy

At Chillington Divers we are aware of the vital role we all play in protecting the young and venerable members from the potential threats to their safety and well being. Members should be alert to identify any risk of significant harm. All is done to ensue that the welfare and well being of the child or venerable person is utmost in our thoughts and actions.

All Coaches, Volunteers and Helpers should make themselves aware of the Welfare Of Venerable People in Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Policy, Procedures and Guidelines, that is published by the British Sub Aqua Club in conjunction with the NSPCC. A brief summary of the Policy is set out below, however the full policy can be found here.

Safeguarding of Vulnerable People

Policy Guidelines

The British Sub Aqua Club

  • The welfare of vulnerable members, both adults and children, is the first consideration.

  • All members have the right to be protected from bad practice, neglect, bullying and all forms of emotional and   physical abuse.

  • Suspicions and allegations of inappropriate behaviour will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

  • It is the duty of all members suspecting inappropriate behaviour and actions to act on any concern.

  • As defined in the Children Act 1989, anyone under the age of 18 years should be considered as a child for the   purposes of this policy.

  • To treat all members fairly, equitably and without prejudice.

  • Not to participate in or tolerate behaviour that frightens, degrades, embarrasses, demoralises or negatively affects a members self esteem

  • Not to tolerate acts of aggression

  • Photography – members should be aware that the recording of photographic images might be inappropriate

  • The members of the British Sub Aqua Club should not discriminate on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, occupation, religion or political opinion.

  • Branch Officers and Instructors will be made aware of good practice with a specific Safeguarding course available – free of charge, together with appropriate documentation, training and support from HQ, to ensure that Branches are able to implement the Safeguarding Policy.

Awareness of these issues, and the adherence to these simple guidelines, will help maintain professionalism and safeguard good practice, secure the protection of both the vulnerable and those responsible for them, from accusations arising from misinterpretation of innocent actions.

Your duty of care is to report any suspicions to the Safeguarding Officer or Assistant Safeguarding Officer who will investigate your concerns and follow the reporting procedure as laid down in the above mentioned Policy Document.

(To be reviewed by the Committee March 2015)