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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.

The main changes in the 2018 version have been made to take account of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which come into effect on 25 May.  There are a number of references to your organisation’s Data Privacy Policy.  It is recommended that each organisation has a single policy to which all application, entry and consent forms refer.  For more information on the GDPR see General Data Protection Regulations in the Club Zone of the website.

The sample Self-Declaration form has been updated in line with guidance from the Child Protection in Sport Unit.  The recommendation is that you do not ask an individual about their criminal record unless their role makes them eligible for a formal Criminal Records Disclosure, in which case you should use that process to obtain the information.

Other changes are largely presentational, such as the ‘clickable’ Table of Contents, and contact numbers and website links have been updated. 

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. 

Many clubs have found it useful 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.

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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