Equality, diversity and inclusion

Do you have a safeguarding or equality, diversity and inclusion concern?      

Safeguarding children & adults at risk


The RYA Safeguarding team are here to support children and adults in sailing and boating

We all play a role in ensuring that participating in sailing and boating is a positive and safe experience for everyone. The RYA Safeguarding team offer support and guidance to clubs, centres, class associations and any adults or children involved in sailing and boating.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means the protection of people’s physical and mental health, their wellbeing, and their human rights. Its objective is to support participant’s welfare and to keep everyone safe.

Who needs safeguarding?

Safeguarding applies to everyone, and it is each person’s responsibility to make sure that the most vulnerable people within our society are protected from harm.

Children, young people, and vulnerable adults may require more safeguarding support and consideration. This includes adults who may receive help from care teams, as well as adults who have mental health conditions, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities.

Concerned? Make a referral

If you have a safeguarding concern, you can make a referral directly to the RYA team by completing the RYA Safeguarding Referral Form.


Safeguarding resources


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Policies and Guidelines

Take a look at our adaptable safeguarding policies and guidelines for your training centre or club.

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What to do if you’re worried

Find help and information if you’re concerned for the safety of yourself, a  child or adult.

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Welfare Officers

Learn more about the role of the Welfare Officer and find helpful advice on meeting the role’s needs.


Contact your local safeguarding lead


The RYA Safeguarding team offers support and guidance to clubs, centres, class associations and any adults or children involved in sailing and boating. Feel free to take a look at our resources and if you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact our team directly.

RYA HQ | Andrea Gates | safeguarding@rya.org.uk | 02380 012796

RYA Cymru Wales | James Stuart | safeguarding@rya.org.uk | 02380 012796

RYA Northern Ireland | Gayle Logan | Gayle.Logan@rya.org.uk | 02891 827154

RYA Scotland | Liz Linton | liza.linton@ryascotland.org.uk | 07770 604234


An exclusive opportunity for RYA members, affiliated clubs and recognised training centres to be able to reach out and connect with our expert Safeguarding and Equality Team.