SAFEGUARDING POLICY AND
East Antrim Rambling Club (EARC) is committed to following good practice and
this includes having clear, consistent policies, procedures and processes for
everyone to follow.
The EARC takes its
responsibilities for safeguarding extremely seriously. We have a duty of care to all our club
members and members of the public. We
are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment and
accept our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of anyone who attends and
participates in our events and activities, in accordance with current
Aims and scope
This policy aims to
provide everyone involved with the EARC Club with the fundamental values that
guide our approach to safeguarding. It
also aims to be proportionate and appropriate to the level of risk
This policy applies
to all individuals involved in the activities of the EARC.
Why do we
recognizes that though it does not work directly with children or vulnerable
Abuse, harassment and harm can
happen to anyone – people we work with, staff or volunteers. It’s not always
visible and often not spoken about.
Abuse, harm and neglect are
wrong. We have a duty to do something about it.
When everyone understands
safeguarding and their right to be safe, people who have nowhere else to turn
that does safeguarding well is an organisation that
The guidance given in
the policy is based on the following principles:
The welfare of children and adults is paramount in all the work,
activities and programmes and events carried out as
well as organized by or for the EARC.
It is important to value, listen to and respect all views and
All children and adults, regardless of age,
ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion, ethnic origin,
sexual orientation, marital or gender status have the right to be protected
from abuse and poor practice and to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
EARC will seek to ensure that in its own organisation,
we are inclusive and make reasonable adjustments for any ability, disability or
impairment, we will also commit to continuous development, monitoring and review.
The rights, dignity and worth of all children
and adults will always be respected.
We recognise that
ability and disability can change over time and that some children and adults may
be additionally vulnerable to abuse, in particular those with care and support needs.
We all have a shared responsibility to ensure
the safety and well-being of all and will act appropriately and report concerns
whether these concerns arise within the or in the wider community.
All allegations will be taken seriously and
responded to quickly in line with our Safeguarding policy and procedure documents.
The EARC recognises
the role and responsibilities of the statutory agencies in safeguarding and is
committed to complying with their procedures.
Good practice, poor
practice and abuse
can be difficult to distinguish poor practice from abuse, whether intentional
or accidental. It is not the
responsibility of any individual involved to make judgements regarding whether
or not abuse is taking place, but everyone is responsible for recognising and identifying poor practice and potential
abuse, and to act on this, if they have concerns.
must be reported to the EARC designated safeguarding officer.
involved in the EARC will have access to the Safeguarding policy and
Safeguarding procedure and is expected to help implement this across the
The EARC is built on the belief that everyone deserves the right to experience the joy of walking outdoors. We strive to be diverse, inclusive and accessible in how we offer and promote our activities.
means protecting children from abuse and
maltreatment, preventing harm to children's health or development, and ensuring
children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
means protecting the rights of adults to live in
safety, free from abuse and neglect.
Abuse is a
violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by another person or
Children and young
for this policy document and practice within the EARC, a child is defined as
anyone under the age of 18.
Adult is anyone
aged 18 or over.
Adult at risk is a person aged 18
or over who has care and support needs, is experiencing, or is at risk of,
abuse or neglect, and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to
protect themselves from the risk of
abuse or neglect.
Adult in need of care and support is determined by a
range of factors including personal characteristics, factors associated with
their situation or environment and social factors.
having the ability to make a decision about your own life on your own and is
sometimes referred to as ‘mental capacity’.
This can be affected either temporarily or permanently. Some people have the capacity to make simple
decisions but not major ones, for example financial.
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guidance for walk leaders and event organisers
leaders and others in authority should take time to familiarise
themselves with this quick reference to good practice when in the company of
under 18s as well older vulnerable adults, such as people over 18 with learning
or physical disabilities).
activities for young people and vulnerable adults carefully to ensure that
there is maximum protection at all times.
to health and safety requirements.
sure that young people are accompanied by their own adult carers
(e.g. parents, teachers or youth leaders) and that these adults are directly
responsible for those in their care.
sure you know which young people are in your charge, the extent of your
responsibility, where they are and what they are doing.
for an appropriate number of adults to be present, bearing in mind the
activity, number, ages and any particular needs of the young people.
a minimum of two adults when working with small groups and work in view of
other colleagues if supporting an individual on your own.
male and female helpers where practical.
on relevant training or instruction if you are expected to oversee something
that you aren’t confident about or don’t feel competent to carry out.
rough activities which could lead to inappropriate behaviour
abusive youth peer activities (e.g. ridiculing or
young people about the safety issues involved in their activity and how to cope
(e.g. always tell someone where they are going).
alert to potential harm or inappropriate behaviour by
others to young people in your care.
access for young people to talk to another adult about any concerns they may
alert to any evidence of drug or alcohol use by young people in your care.
you are a role model for young people and always provide an example you would
wish them to follow.
in mind that some actions, no matter how well-intentioned, may easily be misinterpreted.
a young person’s right to privacy unless you feel they are at risk of harm.
favouritism or get drawn into inappropriate
attention-seeking behaviour (e.g. tantrums or
or engage in suggestive remarks, gestures or touching which could be
activities carefully and be alert to potential harm.
possible ensure young people are accompanied by their own adult Carers and that they take direct
for an appropriate number of adults to be present – try to have at least two at
being left alone with young people if you can.
one-to-one contact is unavoidable, keep it short, be accessible and make sure
someone is informed.
If you have a concern about the safety and well-being of a young person
or vulnerable adult:
tell the walk leader or event organiser
careful notes of what you witnessed, heard or were told
date and pass your notes to a designated child protection officer
possible, ensure that no further situation arises which could cause any further
If a young person or vulnerable adult tells you about an incident of
abuse that has just occurred:
that person to speak without interruption, accepting what is said
immediate understanding and reassurance, while passing no judgement
that you will try to offer support but that you must pass the information
whether there is any ongoing immediate danger
there is take immediate action to stop or minimise
careful notes of what you were told
date and pass your notes to your designated child protection officer
possible, ensure that no further situation arises which could cause any further
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an emergency– call the Police on 999 or 112