Cromarty Community Rowing Club Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy
Cromarty Community Rowing Club (CCRC) recognises that child protection or the protection of vulnerable adults should not be treated in isolation - we will take on board guidance given by Highland Child Protection Committee and the Highland Adult Support and Protection Committee and will address recruitment and selection of volunteers by doing the following:
We accept that it is our responsibility as a Company to check that all adults in positions requiring disclosure checks are members of the appropriate Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and have been appropriately vetted;
We will note at interview all previous experience of employees and volunteers in working with children or protected adults;
We will notify Disclosure Scotland if anyone on the Disqualified from Working with Children List applies to work for or volunteer with Cromarty Community Rowing Club to undertake regulated work with children;
We will notify Disclosure Scotland if anyone on the Disqualified from Working with Adults List applies to work for or volunteer with Cromarty Community Rowing Club to undertake regulated work with protected adults.
We will remove from all contact with children or protected adults any member of staff or volunteer whom we know or suspect to have caused harm to a child or to have placed a child at risk of harm and we will notify Disclosure Scotland of our actions and the reasons for them, even if that person has left our group.
CRCC believes that everyone regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child or protected adult being physically or psychologically damaged. In our club, if we have suspicions about a child’s or protected adult’s physical, sexual, emotional or financial wellbeing, we will take action.
All volunteers are encouraged to share concerns with their chair person or Wanda Mackay who may contact the child’s Named Person or vulnerable adult’s Named Officer. If the situation is clearly an urgent case, the child or vulnerable adult is too frightened to go home or we have very serious doubts about the child’s or adult’s safety, we will contact Social Work Services or Police immediately.
If our concerns are more general about a child’s or vulnerable adult’s welfare, then we will discuss these with the child’s Named Person or vulnerable adult’s Named Officer, who would then make a referral to an appropriate professional for assessment of the child’s or vulnerable adult’s needs. It is important that all volunteers and staff communicate concerns accurately.
It is important that all volunteers communicate concerns accurately. To this end, volunteers will follow the procedures below:
Upon the receipt of any information from a child or protected adult or suspicions, it is necessary to make an accurate and detailed written record of what they have seen, heard or know, at the time the event occurs;
Share their concerns with their Line Manager and agree what action to take; and
Avoid asking any more questions than are necessary to clarify whether there is a concern. Always REFER to statutory services to undertake in depth INVESTIGATION of any suspicions or allegations about abuse.
If we have concerns we must act - it may be the final piece of the jigsaw that is needed to protect that child - or we may prevent, further children from being hurt.