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Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club has considered its responsibilities to the young people participatin in bowls at our premises and within our club very carefully, and has produced the following Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and underpinning procedures in order to set out the standards we wish to uphold in providing activities for children and safeguarding the welfare of children in our care.

Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club affiliates to the National Governing Body and the Club recognises the policies of their Governing Body, as set in out in the "Safeguarding Bowls Guidelines"

1. Policy Statement
Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club acknowledges its duty of care to safeguard the welfare of all young people (defined as those under 18) involved in bowls within the club. All young people have a right to protection, and have their particular needs taken into account.

Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club will therefore endeavour to ensure the safety and protection of all young people involved with the club through the Child Protection guidelines adopted by the Committee of the club. It is the responsibility of all adults within the club to assist the Committee in this endeavour.

2. Policy Aims
a./ To provide young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of
the club and also help them to enjoy their experience of the sport of bowls.
b./  To reassure parents that their children will receive the best practicable care possible
whilst participating in activities within the club.
c./  To provide support to club members and volunteers to make informed and confident
responses to specific child protection issues and to fulfil their role effectively.

3. Principles
a./ The welfare of young people is paramount.
b./  All young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, ethnic
origin and religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse.
c./ All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and
responded to swiftly and appropriately.
d./ All staff and volunteers working in bowls have a responsibility to report concerns to
their Club Welfare Officer.
e./Adults – club members, volunteers, coaches, referees and members will be
supported to understand their role and responsibility with regard to the duty of care
and protection of young people and vulnerable adults.
f./ Individuals will receive support through education and training to be aware of and
understand best practice and how to manage any welfare or child protection issues
that may come to light.
g./ Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club will work in partnership with parents to review and implement child protection and welfare procedures.
h./ Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club’s policy and procedures are based on the above principles and UK and international legislation and government guidance.

4. Responsibilities and Communication
a./The Northaw and Cuffley Bowling Club Child Protection Policy will be available to all members,parents, staff, volunteers and participants.
b./ The Policy will be reviewed every three years by the Committee, and amended as appropriate.
c./The Committee has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including taking any appropriate disciplinary action necessary.
d./The Club Welfare Officer has responsibility for responding to any allegations,
concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the appropriate National
Governing Body Designated Safeguarding Officer and informing the appropriate club
e./Parents have a responsibility to work together with the club in implementing
procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves.

Draft  approved by Committee February 2014

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