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RYA Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidelines 

The RYA's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Guidelines can be downloaded from this page and adapted to suit the requirements of your training centre, club or class association.

Each section is dated so it's easy to see what has changed since you last reviewed your own procedures. 

The Guidelines document is intended to assist you with drawing up your own organisation's Policy and Procedures.  There is a sample club/centre policy which covers the essential points, you can then add the sections and template documents relevant to your organisation.

Please note that the Guidelines are currently being reviewed to ensure that all consent forms and any references to data are compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulations which take effect in May 2018.  An updated version will be published in the near future.  In the meantime please refer to the December 2016 version.  Other changes will be largely presentational or to update contact numbers and website links. 

Changes made in the December 2016 version included a revised RYA safeguarding policy statement which is reflected in the sample club policy. References were added to the use of electronic communications in the Good Practice Guide, and to grooming and handling historical allegations.

Clubs might also decide to adopt a Code of Conduct so that young participants, parents and volunteers are clear about their responsibilities - see the example under Related Documents on the right hand side of this page.

Clubs with RYA Recognised Training Centres are advised to ensure that a safeguarding policy is adopted by the club as a whole, not just the Training Centre, and that all members are aware of it. 

For more information from RYA Scotland, RYA Cymru Wales or RYANI, click on the relevant link on the right hand side of this page.

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