Safeguarding Policy

FVO Safeguarding Policy

Draft to amend existing policy to also take account of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 which came into force in February 2011

Revised [June] 2011

  1. FVO acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and protected adult who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members. A child is anyone under the age of 18 engaged. A protected adults is a person, aged 16 or over, who receives one or more type of health, care or welfare service either regularly or for a short period of time. We subscribe to the Scottish Orienteering Association’s safeguarding policy.

  2. Key principles of the SOA safeguarding policy are that:

    • The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
    • All children and protected adults have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
    • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
    • Working in partnership with other organisations, children and protected adults and their parents or carers is essential.

    We acknowledge that every child or protected adult who participates in orienteering should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse.

    FVO recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in our club.

  3. FVO has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and protected adults by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that the SOA safeguarding policy applies to everyone in orienteering whether in a paid or voluntary capacity.

  4. We endorse and adopt the SOA safeguarding policy. To this end FVO has appointed a Safeguarding Officer. FVO requires an Enhanced Disclosure in respect of any adult helping or coaching club juniors and who has a “child care” position as defined under the Acts (see Notes 1). [Note the bit from club juniors on needs some enhancement here ...] For the avoidance of doubt, it is not necessary to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure for the purposes of planning, controlling or organising events.

    Such Enhanced Disclosures may be obtained via the club Safeguarding Officer. Except as discussed below in paragraph 5, normally information provided on such an Enhanced Disclosure application and any information via the Enhanced Disclosure will remain confidential to the applicant and the Safeguarding Officer.

  5. If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of any individual who is already involved with the club or who has approached us to become part of FVO, the Safeguarding Officer may discuss the matters further with members of the Committee and to seek guidance from the SOA. It is noted and accepted that FVO and the SOA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via Enhanced Disclosure and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults.

  6. The Safeguarding Officer can be contacted for advice by the organiser of events or training activities to ensure that these activities are suitably covered.

  7. This Policy will be reviewed further as FVO’s understanding of the requirements of the Safeguarding legislation develops.

Notes: 1 The Acts – especially the Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003