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    Policies and Guidelines

    Safeguarding children & adults at risk

    The SGBA Safeguarding team are here to support children and adults in sailing and boating

    We all play a role in ensuring that participating in sailing and boating is a positive and safe experience for everyone. The SGBA Safeguarding Team offer support and guidance to clubs, centres, class associations and any adults or children involved in sailing and boating.

    What is safeguarding?

    Safeguarding means the protection of people's physical and mental health, their wellbeing, and their human rights. Its objective is to support participant's welfare and to keep everyone safe.

    Who needs safeguarding?

    Safeguarding applies to everyone, and it is each person's responsibility to make sure that the most vulnerable people within our society are protected from harm.

    Children, young people, and vulnerable adults may require more safeguarding support and consideration. This includes adults who may receive help from care teams, as well as adults who have mental health conditions, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities.

    SGBA Safeguarding and Child Protection_.pdf

    SGBA Social Media Policy.pdf

    Restorative Bullying and Harassment policy.pdf

    Recruitment of ex-offenders.pdf

    Whistle Blowing Policy.pdf

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    What to do if you are worried

    If someone is in danger, call 999 or 112, for the Police or an ambulance.

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    For young people, aged 18 or under

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    For adults, over the age of 18

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    Clubs and centres - make a referal

    For young people, aged 18 or under

    If you're worried or upset, it's important to talk to someone that you trust. That could be a parent, a carer, or the Welfare Officer at your club, class, or training centre. The name and contact details of your Welfare Officer should be on your club, class or training centre's noticeboard or website.

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    Who to talk to


    Marianne Austin Tel: 07533 481034 Email:

    John Woodhouse Tel: 07921 015176 Email:

    Portia Edmeads Email:

    RYA Safeguarding Team | 02380 604297 |

    We are here to help, if you are unhappy about how you, or someone else, is being treated you can contact the RYA Safeguarding Team.

    Childline | 24-hour helpline 0800 1111 |

    You can talk to Childline about anything. No problem is too big or too small.

    Young Minds

    Whether you want to understand more about how you're feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone else who's struggling, Young Minds can help.


    Talk to Kidscape for practical advice for dealing with bullying.

    CEOP's think you know

    Free online course on how to stay safe online from child sexual abuse.

    Police non-emergency | 24-hour helpline 101

    This is a helpline for situations that do not require an immediate police response.

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    Safeguarding Team/Welfare Officers

    Safeguarding for clubs and the Safeguarding Team/Welfare Officers

    What is the Safeguarding Team?

    The Safeguarding Team is responsible for acting as a voice for safeguarding within their club, working with the committee to ensure best practice is followed and to coordinate actions within the club, should a safeguarding concern or referral arise.

    They receive training through the RYA and other training bodies.

    Safeguarding poster.pdf

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