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Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults 

All organisations that work with children and young people under the age of 18 have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare.  The RYA is committed to providing a safe environment for young people to enjoy sailing, windsurfing and powerboating at RYA-organised events, and to helping its affiliated clubs and class associations and recognised training centres to fulfil their responsibilities.

RYA Child Protection Policy
It is the policy of the RYA to safeguard children and young people taking part in boating from physical, sexual or emotional harm. This section contains our full policy statement.
RYA Safeguarding and Child Protection Guidelines
These guidelines (updated January 2015) can be downloaded and adapted to meet the requirements of your training centre, club or class association.
What to do if you're worried
Sailing, windsurfing and powerboating should be safe and fun. If you are unhappy about the way someone is treating you, or worried about a child or young person, click here for contact numbers.
Criminal Records Disclosures
How the RYA can help your organisation to access Criminal Records checks on volunteers or staff in relevant roles.
Safeguarding posters
Put a free poster on your noticeboard so that everyone knows who to contact and demonstrate your commitment to providing a safe environment for young people.
Safeguarding & Protecting Children training
How to access safeguarding training.
Safeguarding Action Plan
The RYA Board has approved an Action Plan to further develop the resources and support that the RYA offers clubs to help them fulfil their responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children taking
Club Welfare Officers
The RYA recommends that clubs and centres have a designated person responsible for implementing their safeguarding and child protection policies.
Adventure Activities Licensing
This sections looks at the requirements for clubs and RYA training centres to hold a licence from the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority.

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See Also

Duty of Care

RYA Youth and Junior Racing policies