Basingstoke Town Bowling Club
Basingstoke Town Bowling Club has a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which follows the policies of its National Governing Body, Bowls England. This policy is displayed on the Club Notice Board and can be accessed on the club website at www.basingstoketownbowlingclub.uk Queries on the policy and on these Procedures should be addressed to the Club Safeguarding Officer.
Children and Adults
These Procedures are designed to cover children – i.e. those members who have yet to reach their eighteenth birthday. These procedures do not cover “Adults at Risk”(Vulnerable Adults).
The Club Safeguarding Officer
The Committee has appointed a nominated member who has special responsibility for safeguarding issues and who undertakes appropriate training to keep up to date with national safeguarding guidelines. This Officer’s prime responsibilities are;
Joining the Club
Any member joining the club who has not yet reached his/her eighteenth birthday will be subject to the Club’s Safeguarding Policy and the General Secretary, on receipt of an application for membership, will ensure the parent/guardian’s attention is drawn to the Policy, to these Procedures and to the need to return the consent forms detailed in these Procedures.
Role of Parents/ Guardians
Parents/ Guardians must provide the club with all necessary documentation/consents for their child/ children and must keep the Club Welfare Officer aware of any changes that occur, particularly as regards medical history. Parents/Guardians should also draw to the attention of the Welfare Officer any weaknesses/ concerns they have about the Club’s practices and procedures.
Handling of Claims of Abuse
The Club appreciates that abuse can take many forms, of which the most common are:
Abuse includes self-abuse, such as self-harming, personal neglect and abuse of alcohol and drugs.
If any person makes a disclosure to an Officer or Member of the Club, the Club Safeguarding Officer must be immediately made aware of the situation.
He/She should in speaking to the individual:
It is not the task of the Safeguarding Officer (or any other officer/member) to themselves investigate any allegation/situation. Once a Disclosure has been made it should be reported immediately, using the Incident Reporting Form, to the Bowls England Safeguarding Officer who will contact the appropriate outside agency/agencies in order that any necessary protective action can be taken.
Approved at Committee on 16th January 2020.
Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures for Members and Parents