Safeguarding information from the clubs Welfare Officers - Peter and Jane Stagg
Please read the following Klub Code of Conduct so that you can be reassured of our safeguarding procedures. If you would like more information then please click on the O-Safety link to read the latest guidance from our orienteering federation.
When you bring your children orienteering we will help you to ensure their welfare and safety by ensuring that:
- the people who run our sport are safe to be with
- we take all reasonable steps to ensure that your children will be safe from other participants and strangers
- the challenges set will be manageable so that your children are able to find their way around the course
- they are not likely to be injured but if they are there are people and procedures in place to look after them
- your children’s individual needs will be considered as far as possible within the nature of the sport.
BOK club members who run events and training are safe to be with:
- Our coaches and officials who have unsupervised regular contact with children and vulnerable adults have satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service checks, (DBS).
- BOK has welfare officers who can be contacted for information, advice or if you have a concern.
BOK takes all reasonable steps to ensure that your children will be safe from other participants and from strangers:
- The organisers of our events and activities carry out detailed risk assessments and have procedures for managing safety in public places.
- We have had no reported incidents of children coming to any harm from strangers in public places whilst orienteering
The challenges set will be manageable so that your children are able to find their way back, the ground they cross is not too rough for their experience/strength:
- Planners of courses and activities follow rules and guidelines to provide courses or activities with different levels of challenge to meet different needs.
- We keep track of every individual at every event or activity to ensure that they are accounted for. We will give you information so that you understand the level of challenge on courses offered.
- We expect you to follow our guidelines about which course is appropriate for you or your children to complete. In order to meet our safeguarding and insurance responsibilities, we may refuse to let you do a course if we consider you are taking undue risk.
They are not likely to be injured but if they are there are people and procedures in place to look after them:
- Our officials organising events and activities carry out detailed risk assessments.
- We have procedures for finding and looking after lost children and for providing first aid.
- Your children’s individual needs will be taken care of as far as possible within the nature of the sport:
- At events, we will explain what physical and navigational skills are needed to complete a course and how we can help with an individual need.
- At activities led by coaches if you tell us about any special needs we will tell you what adaptations can be made to make our activities accessible.