Safeguarding policy Exmoor Canoe Club

Winter 2024

Exmoor Canoe Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of its members. All members should show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of others, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Club.

We believe that taking part in Paddlesport should be a positive and enjoyable part of children’s and vulnerable adult’s lives and to achieve this Exmoor Canoe Club will:

  • Identify a person whose role it is to deal with any issues concerning Safeguarding (Club Welfare Officer) and notify this person to all members. 
  • Anyone with concerns with respect to the welfare of a club member or participant should contact the Club Welfare Officer. If that person is unavailable they should contact a member of the committee or if the allegation is about a member of the committee than contact the British Canoeing Safeguarding Officer (Tel: 0115 8968842)
  • For all coached or led sessions where under 18s or vulnerable adults are participating, there will be a minimum of one DBS checked member of ECC present
  • All Club coaches, helpers and officials working with young people should read and adhere to the Exmoor Canoeing Safeguarding Policy and the ‘reporting concerns’ flowchart. The Club will follow the guidance of the policy in the event of any concerns or allegations.
  • A confidential record will be kept of any concerns or allegations which is accessible to the Welfare Officer and to the committee. 
  • The Club will ensure that anyone who meets the eligibility criteria for a Disclosure check will not be deployed until a satisfactory check has been returned. All coaches over the age of 16 will need to be DBS checked or with a suitable adult coach
  • The Club will ensure that anyone who meets the eligibility criteria for a Disclosure check is also provided with adequate training in line with British Canoeing guidance
  • The Club will obtain written medical details of young paddlers which will be made known to coaches, where deemed appropriate and/or necessary.
  • Any paddler who coaches for the Club should be a member of British Canoeing. The club will encourage and support helpers to gain qualifications and assist coaches to stay updated.
  • The Club will review this Policy annually.