The Club has adopted the policy of the British Canoe Union (BCU) as stated in the "BCU Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Policy booklet" a copy of the full text of which is on file in the Clubhouse. The Club has a responsibility to safeguard and promote the interests and well being of children, to take all reasonable practical steps to protect them from harm, discrimination, or degrading treatment, and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings.

It is the responsibility of every adult member of the Club to protect children from abuse. In this context, a child is considered to be anyone under 18 years of age. The sporting environment is only one of several in which abuse can occur, others being the school and the home. Everyone in canoeing, either voluntary or paid, should safeguard the welfare of children and prevent their abuse. Abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional or neglect (indications of child abuse are described in the BCU booklet). The Club promotes good practice in canoeing and related activities in order to reduce situations for the abuse of children and to protect volunteers and others (see the section titled "Good Practice Guidelines").

If you suspect any form of child abuse or feel that as a child you have been abused in any way or wish to make a complaint, please tell someone immediately. Please contact our welfare officers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any concerns.

It is important for all of us to recognise that our Club has both a moral, and possibly legal, obligation to ensure that children should have the highest possible standard of care whilst participating in any canoeing or associated activities.

Cambridge Canoe Club Committee

July 2005

Cambridge Canoe Club

In order to protect children and junior club members, it is important that all coaches and any individual who may be in a position of supervising young people should be aware of the Club's Child Protection Procedure specified below:

  1. Definitions. "The Club" refers to Cambridge Canoe Club. "To coach", in this context, refers to any leadership position in any organised club activity including but not limited to courses, holiday clubs, taster sessions, trips, and activities advertised through club communications.
  2. Policy. The Club follows the BCU child protection policy. (also see this link) This document details local procedure which defines how the policy is implemented, in particular with regard to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and Self Disclosure.
  3. Who is CRB checked. All coaches, and regular helpers, who wish to coach for the Club are requested to complete a CRB check. If they are not prepared to submit a CRB application form then they are not eligible to take part in coaching of children, young or vulnerable people.
  4. Successful CRB check. Anyone for whom the club receives a CRB check indicating no previous convictions for a relevant crime is eligible to take part in coaching of children, young or vulnerable people.
  5. Failed CRB check. Anyone for whom the club receives a CRB check indicating previous convictions for a relevant crime is not eligible to take part in coaching of children, young or vulnerable people.
  6. Not yet CRB checked. A coach or helper who has submitted a CRB form, but the club has not yet received a response may take part in coaching of children, young or vulnerable people under the supervision of another club member with a successful CRB check. In the case that the club has no members available with successful CRB check then 2 members who have submitted CRB applications may supervise one another.
  7. One off helpers and parents. Club members or parents who are not regular helpers who offer to help on a one off basis are asked to complete a self-disclosure form. After submitting this form they are eligible to assist in the coaching of children, young or vulnerable people under the supervision of a member of the club who has been successfully CRB checked. If such a person offers to help again more than once (i.e. 3 times altogether), they are considered to be a regular helper and must be CRB checked as above.
  8. Committee members. Committee members are requested to complete a CRB check if they are prepared to assist with coaching of children, young or vulnerable people on the basis that they are the most likely to be asked first to assist with coaching.


Does the policy apply to a course with mostly adults and only one or two young people?
--- Yes because we cannot assume any responsibility taken by other adults on the course/activity unless they are the parents/guardians of the young people.

It is also important that all coaches and any other individuals who may be in a position of supervising juniors should follow the following BCU Good Practice Guidelines:

Good Practice Guidelines

By following these guidelines you will help to protect both the children in our sport and our coaches/helpers from wrongful allegations.

  • Avoid situations where you are alone with one child. The BCU acknowledges that occasionally there may be no alternative, for example, where a child falls ill and has to be taken home. We would stress, however, that one to one contact must never be allowed to occur on a regular basis. Further guidance on this is contained in the BCU Code of Ethics/scUK Code of Conduct.
  • If any form of physical support is required ask the paddler's permission, explain what you are doing and why to both the child and their parents/carers.
  • Where possible ask parents/carers to be responsible for children in changing rooms. Always ensure that whoever supervises young people work in pairs.
  • Where there are mixed teams/groups away from home, they should always be accompanied by an adult male and female coach/helper.
  • Don't allow physically rough or sexually provocative games, or inappropriate talking or touching.
  • If it's necessary to do things of a personal nature for children who are young or disabled, make sure you have another adult accompanying you. Get the consent of the parent/carer and if possible the child. Let them know what you are doing and why.
  • Ensure that any claims of abuse by a child are taken seriously and that it is dealt with by people who know what to do.
  • Ensure that the nature and intensity of training does not exceed the capacity of a child's immature and growing body.
  • Follow the BCU guidelines for photography and video use (see reference sheet "Guidelines for use of Photographic and Filming Equipment")
  • Publicise the NSPCC Child protection Helpline 0800 800 500

I confirm that I have read and understand this Child Protection Policy Document and accept the above mentioned procedures.