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

East Head Social Gathering – January 2022

On Saturday 29th January, after the customary excellent organisation by Stephen, over twenty hardy Cody sailors with several dogs met by the ‘last toilet block’, in the West Wittering car park for a bracing walk along the beach to East Head.

The crew on the beach at East Head

Unlike last time we did this walk when we were hit by lashing rain from a passing weather front, this time the weather was quite sunny with a moderate westerly wind. Having not seen one another for several weeks, if not months or years, it was great to catch up with old friends once again.

We walked along the beach around East Head until we found some shelter in the lee of the dunes to sit for a while and eat our picnics.

In the lee of the sand dunes at East Head

On returning to the car park some people departed home while others visited to the cafe to get some well-earned warn drinks.

Thank you again to Stephen for organising. It was a lovely opportunity to blow off the cobwebs and to catch up with old friends. – John C