KPAC Safeguarding Policy

Our club expects that all members, visitors, guests, of the club, are familiar with our Safeguarding policy and that of Archery GB our UK governing body, and further requires our members to comply with the policy. Any observance /awareness of a breach of the policy should be reported to the Club’s Safeguarding Officer – Ian Sutherland who can be contacted on kentpolicearcheryclub@gmail.com or directly by personal messaging ONLY using the private WhatsApp Chat platform.

KPAC Safeguarding Policy Statement:

Kent Police Archery Club firmly hold the belief that:

Any child or young person should never suffer any form of abuse. All in the club hold a collective responsibility in promoting the welfare of all children and young people as well as adults at risk and in keeping them safe from harm. Our Club under the guidance of the Committee is committed to operate in a way that protects all.

Kent Police Archery Club is committed in ensuring that the Executive and General Committees, volunteers, members, and others who participate in activities run by the club have an understanding of Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk and what forms of abuse may take and that they know where to raise concerns if abuse is suspected or reported.

♦ The safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults should always be of prime importance, whatever the circumstances.

♦ That everyone with a role in working with our members has a moral and arguably a legal responsibility to safeguard and promote their welfare particularly when it comes to protecting them from abuse.

♦ That special care is needed in dealing with children whose age, inexperience or physical state makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse.

That all members of our club, MUST first and foremost respect all others, and must take immediate steps to report any abuses by any member of the club or any others that they observe or become aware of who fails to accord such respect

Kent Police Archery Club:

♦ Has therefore adopted the Archery GB Policy to ensure that the welfare and safety of members of Kent Police Archery Club is always the primary consideration.

♦ Is committed to providing an environment where our members can learn about, participate in and enjoy archery free from harassment or abuse.

The Policy is based on the following three principles:

1. Our member’s welfare is the paramount consideration

2. A member, regardless of age ability, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual orientation has a right to be protected from abuse

3. The rights, dignity and worth of a member should always be respected.

The Children Act first of 1989 and then of 2004 states that anyone who is involved in the care of children should “do what is reasonable in the circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”.

Further guides and policies can be found on the Archery GB website, by clicking on the link below:-

https://archerygb.org/about/safeguarding/safeguarding-policies-and-guides