Child Protection

Child Protection Policy

We at Colwyn Canoe Club believe that all children have a right to enjoy the sport of canoeing free from abuse, discrimination or bullying of any kind. In order for us to achieve this aim we have a Child Protection Policy
Ensure all volunteer adults and coaches regularly working with children within the club have undergone a DBS (Formerly CRB) or equivalent check to ensure that they have no convictions that would prevent them from working with children (as defined by the requirements of Canoe Wales).
Have a nominated welfare officer within the club who helps ensure that our policy works in practice and whom children can talk to about any concerns, the  Welfare officer for Colwyn Canoe Club is Sian Cosgrove, alternatively any concerns can be raised with our Chairman Jon Sykes.
Photography – no photography in areas such as changing rooms, shower areas etc of the Pool. Some photography and video recording does take place during coaching sessions and club trips. We would advise all our members of the need for care and appropriate behaviour when making such recordings. If anyone has an objection to recordings (either photographic or video) being made during our trips or coaching sessions then please let our welfare officer, the coach in charge of such events or the chairman of the club know.
Follow current best practice when teaching or coaching children.
Please help us to achieve a child friendly environment by coming canoeing with your child. If this is not always possible then please;

  • Arranging for your child to get to any events safely and on time.
  • Pick them up promptly after any event.
  • Supervise your children whilst changing, travelling and not in any directly supervised coaching session. If this is not possible then please arrange for a suitable adult to act for you in this role.

Do not ask one of our coaches or adult volunteers to fulfil any of theses roles as this goes against our Child Protection procedures and is unfair on our coaches as it places them in potentially compromising positions.
Please note that as part of canoeing – for example during coaching sessions or when rescuing somebody after a capsize – it may, on rare occasions, be necessary to physically touch, hold or assist somebody. If this is necessary our coaches will always ask that person before helping them and will only do so openly and with agreed consent. By signing the consent form or taking up membership of the club you will be agreeing to all of the above.

Disciplinary steps will be followed by our coaches with trainee paddlers if their behaviour compromises the safety of others or is innappropriate:
a) A member will be verbally warned about inappropairate / unsafe behaviour.
b) A member will be removed from an activity if the unsafe / inappropriate behaviour should recur (for a period of time.)
c) A member will be removed from the water / activity and the parents guardians informed of the actions that were taken by the club.

This matter will be referred to the club committee.
By working together we can ensure that Colwyn Canoe Club is a child friendly and safe environment for all children and young people to enjoy the sport of canoeing.

Britich Canoeing / Canoe Wales CHILD PROTECTION RESOURCES
Our Child protection policy is full endorsed and supported by the Canoe Wales – the governing body for canoeing in Wales.