Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Ainsdale Bowling Club has considered its responsibilities to the young people participating
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.
Ainsdale 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
Ainsdale 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.
Ainsdale 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
Management Committee of the club. It is the responsibility of all adults within the club to assist the Management Committee in this endeavour.

2. Policy Aims
• 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.
• To reassure parents that their children will receive the best practicable care possible
whilst participating in activities within the club.
• 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
• The welfare of young people is paramount.
• All young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, ethnic origin
and religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse.
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and
responded to swiftly and appropriately.
• All staff and volunteers working in bowls have a responsibility to report concerns to
their Club Safeguarding Officer.
• 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 by the club and the National Governing Body.
• Individuals will receive support through education and training, coordinated by the
Club / national governing body to be aware of and understand best practice and how to
manage any welfare or child protection issues that may come to light.
•Ainsdale Bowling Club will work in partnership with young people and parents to review
and implement child protection and safeguarding procedures.
•Ainsdale Bowling Club’s policy and procedures are based on the above principles and
UK and international legislation and government guidance and take the following into
consideration:
• The Children Act 1989 and 2004.
• Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
• The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
• Any subsequent legislation relating to child protection would implicitly be incorporated
into this document.

4. Responsibilities and Communication
• The Ainsdale Bowling Club Child Protection Policy will be available to all members,
parents, staff, volunteers and participants.
• The Policy will be reviewed every three years by the Management Committee, and
amended as appropriate. Guidance from Bowls National Governing Bodies will be
sought as part of the review process.
• The Management Committee has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and
procedures are implemented, including referring any appropriate disciplinary action to
the national governing body as appropriate.
• The Club Safeguarding 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 staff where relevant.
• Parents have a responsibility to work together with the club in implementing
procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to keep
themselves safe.

5. Monitoring and review
• This policy will be reviewed one year after being introduced and then every three years
or in response to significant new legislation.
• The policy will be monitored in partnership with the national governing body and
Bowling Development Alliance procedures.