For Children

Safe and Fun
The RYA is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk.

Sailing, windsurfing and power boating should be safe and fun. Everyone has the right to feel safe and be treated with respect, and show respect to others.

For young people with a concern:
If you are a young person and you’re feeling unhappy, worried, unsafe or concerned about the way another young person or an adult is treating you or someone else, you can talk to the Welfare Officer for your club, class or training centre or at the event. Their name and contact details should be on their notice board or website.
Other people you can contact are:
RYA Safeguarding Team
Call: 02380 604226 / 02380 604104
If you would prefer to talk to someone else, you can contact these FREE confidential services for information and advice:
Childline 24-hour helpline
0800 1111
Kidscape (dealing with bullying)
Staying safe online
Mental health and wellbeing
For adults with a concern about a child,
Contact your organisation's Club Welfare Officer, or:
NSPCC 24-hour helpline
0808 800 5000
RYA Safeguarding Team
02380 604226 / 02380 604104
If you think a child may be at immediate risk of harm, contact the Police or your local Children's Social Care department (The emergency duty team number should be listed under the local authority on the council's website). You can also access a list of Safeguarding Children Partnerships / Boards & Committees on the SAFEcic website


Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything.

Scotlands national childrens charity

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands.

The RYA Safeguarding Team is here to offer guidance to all Affiliated Clubs, Recognised Training Centres, Class Associations and anyone involved in sailing and boating in need of information and support

We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. Find out more about us, our mission and how we work