Bideford Canoe Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of its members. All members should show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of others, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Club. All Club members are made aware of and are expected to abide by the Club Codes of Conduct, copies of which may be downloaded below.
The club has in place a Child Protection and Harassment policy, a copy of which maybe downloaded below. A policy is however of little use on its own, and as such the club has an appointed a welfare officer who should be the person you make initial contact with should you have any queries or concerns.
The welfare officer for the Club is Sue Ambler. Sue can be contacted using the following details:
Telephone: 01237 475430
Alternatively, you can complete and submit an online form which will send a message via email directly to the welfare officer.
What to do if you suspect abuse?
If you are concerned that somebody is being abused or inappropriate behaviour is being used toward or around them then you should immediately get in touch with the club’s Welfare Officer who can then take the appropriate actions to deal with the situation. You can be assured that any concerns will be taken seriously and be dealt with swiftly and professionally in a confidential manner.
If the Welfare Officer is unavailable then you can contact the BCU Child Protection / Harassment Officer on 0773 4453430 or the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000.
If you are being abused or are concerned…
If you feel that you are being abused or somebody within the club is acting inappropriately toward you then you should speak to one of the people listed above or else another responsible adult that you feel comfortable speaking to, either inside or outside of the club. They can then take the step of contacting the child protection officers within the club. The important thing is that you tell somebody so that something can be done to help and that it will not happen to more people.