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Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults 

All organisations that work with children and young people under the age of 18 or with vulnerable adults have a responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare. The RYA is committed to providing a safe environment for all participants 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 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Guidelines
These guidelines (updated January 2016) 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.
Safeguarding & Protecting Children training
Information on a range of safeguarding training options.
RYA Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy and Guidelines
These guidelines can be downloaded and adapted to meet the requirements of your organisation.
Criminal Records Disclosures
How the RYA can help your organisation to access Criminal Records checks on volunteers or staff in relevant roles.
Club Welfare Officers
The RYA recommends that clubs and centres have a designated person responsible for implementing their safeguarding and child protection policies.
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 Action Plan
The RYA Board has approved an Action Plan to further develop the safeguarding resources and support that the RYA offers to clubs and centres.
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