The Club have designated committee members for issues concerning Child Protection, any complaint or concern should be directed to that committee member and/or an available coach/committee member. Contacting Canoe England's Welfare Officer directly is also possible.
All club coaches, adult committee members and regular volunteers must be CRB checked and have completed a personal declaration form.
This policy will also include vulnerable adults and offer them the same level of support and protection.

Child Protection Policy

PaddlePlus is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members. All members should show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of others, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Club. We believe that taking part in Paddlesport should be a positive and enjoyable part of children’s lives and to achieve this have the following aims:

  • Club coaches should follow the BCU Code of Ethics
  • All Club coaches, helpers and officials working with young people should read and adhere to the BCU Child Protection and Harassment Policy. PaddlePlus will follow the guidance of the policy in the event of any concerns or allegations.
  • PaddlePlus will ensure that anyone working with young people undertake a screening procedure (CRB Check).
  • All PaddlePlus members are made aware of the Club Code of Conduct
  • PaddlePlus will obtain written Medical details and contact numbers of young paddlers which will be made known to coaches where deemed appropriate and/or necessary.
  • PaddlePlus will only use BCU qualified/updated coaches - unqualified assistants can only work alongside a qualified coach. The club will encourage and support helpers to gain qualifications and assist coaches to stay up-dated.
  • PaddlePlus will elect a committee member whose role it is to deal with any issues concerning Child Protection and Harassment and notify this person to all members. Anyone with concerns with respect to Child Abuse or Harassment should contact that person. If that person is unavailable they can contact the Chairman or the BCU Child Protection /Harassment Officer.
  • PaddlePlus will adopt and regularly review a Health and Safety Policy
  • PaddlePlus will review this Policy annually.
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