RYA Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidelines
The RYA's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Guidelines (updated January 2016) 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.
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.
We have only made minor updates in the 2016 version, but there were more significant changes made in 2015, so if you haven't reviewed your organisation's procedures for some time it would be advisable to check them.
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 Downloads 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.