Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy

Cody Sailing Club Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy

Cody Sailing Club has these main activities;

  • Camping at weekends, weeks or fortnights with families
  • Daysails from public slipways around the Solent and beyond
  • Yacht cruising

The adventurous club events involve a diverse set of event specific risks.

  • When we are (for example) launching from public slips and camping on public camp sites or farmers fields we do not have control over the environment or who walks through the campsites on public paths.
  • We have control over the quality of club vessels, and keep a maintenance log for them. While we encourage good seamanship and vessel seaworthiness, we do not have jurisdiction over the quality or safety of member’s vessels.

Since we operate in a wide variety of locations and with a wide variety of equipment, we are therefore not prepared to be responsible for unaccompanied children.

We encourage families to join our adventurous activities, and are proud that we have a large percentage of family memberships with sometimes three generations of a family involved in our activities.

We welcome young persons to be involved in our events, as long as their parents, guardians or adults in loco-parentis are present and actively taking responsibility for their welfare.

We require that the parents, guardians or adults in loco-parentis assess each event against the capabilities of their family or group members, the location and the vessel that they provide or choose to use.

Vulnerable adults are welcome along with an adult that they provide who is responsible for their welfare.


Policy Statement

It is the policy of Cody Sailing Club to safeguard children and young people taking part in boating from physical, sexual or emotional harm.  The Club will take all reasonable steps to ensure that, through appropriate procedures and awareness, children participating in Club activities do so in a safe environment.  We recognise that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount and that all children, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social status, have a right to protection from abuse.

For the purposes of this policy anyone under the age of 18 should be considered as a child.  All members of the Club should be aware of the policy.

Adults able to make their own informed decisions about risk and participating in a club activity are legally allowed to do so, but club members, for example OOD’s, can take appropriate action such as monitoring or issuing warnings if the risk of undertaking activities is considered high.

Club Welfare Officer

See Committee and Officers for details of the Club Welfare Officer.

Good Practice

All members of the Club should follow the good practice guidelines Good Practice Guide and agree to abide by the Cody Sailing Club Code of Conduct.

Adults are requested not to enter showers and changing rooms at times when children are changing.  If this is unavoidable it is advised that they are accompanied by another adult.

The Club will seek written consent from the child and their parents/carers before taking photos or video at an event or training session or publishing such images.  Parents and spectators should be prepared to identify themselves if requested and state their purpose for photography/filming.  If the Club publishes images of children, no identifying information other than names will be included.  Any concerns about inappropriate or intrusive photography or the inappropriate use of images should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer.

Concerns

Anyone who is concerned about a young member’s or participant’s welfare, either outside the sport or within the Club, should inform the Club Welfare Officer immediately, in strict confidence.  The Club Welfare Officer will follow the process documented in the Handling Child Welfare Concerns Policy.

Any member of the Club failing to comply with the Safeguarding policy and any relevant Codes of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action under Club Rule 23 in the Cody Sailing Club Constitution.

Recent Posts

Chichester Harbour Daysail – Sunday 18th July

The forecast was for glorious sunny and hot weather, but light winds. With the prospect of a nice sea breeze due to the warm weather, six Cody sailors headed down to Chichester harbour for a sail from Itchenor to see where the wind took us. The one thing that was predictable was the tide. A late morning low allowed for a sail (or a possible drift) out to towards the harbour entrance and back with the tide.

David Gradwell and new member James fresh from the Level 1&2 training course at Frensham sailed in the Clubs shiny White Trio. Keith and Louis in a Sport 14 and Anna and Simon in Simons not quite so shiny Brown trio (was originally red once before it got a sun tan!)

Due to the hot weather the road to east head was packed and so was the carpark at Itchenor but we just got the last few car park spaces, phew! It was a relief to finally get on the water after a very hot time setting up. The sea breeze kicked in nicely on cue and it was a lovely sail. We stopped at the Hayling sailing club for lunch which was very pleasant and then sailed out of the harbour not quite making it to the bar with the wind dropping and tide turning, before returning on a broad reach back to Itchenor. It was a nice day out, Chichester harbour is lovely, and it was good to see the Club white trio have an outing and enjoy the sunny weather. Itchenor is a good place to launch but best to get there early on a weekend in summer with good weather.

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