Prima Sub Aqua Adopts the “Welfare of Vulnerable People” policy
instituted by BSAC
The British Sub-Aqua Club
Welfare of Vulnerable People
● The welfare of vulnerable members, both adults and children, is the first consideration.
● All members have the right to be protected from bad practice, neglect, bullying and all forms of emotional and physical abuse.
● Suspicions and allegations of inappropriate behaviour will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
● It is the duty of all members suspecting inappropriate behaviour and actions to act on any concern.
● As defined in the Children Act 1989, anyone under the age of 18 years should be considered as a child for the purposes of this Policy
● To treat all members fairly, equitably and without prejudice.
● Not to participate in or tolerate behaviour that frightens, degrades, embarrasses, demoralises or negatively affects a member's self esteem
● Not to tolerate acts of aggression
● Photography - Members should be aware that the recording of photographic images might be inappropriate.
● The members of the British Sub-Aqua Club should not discriminate on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, colour, disability, sexuality, age, occupation, religion or political opinion.
● Branch Officers and Instructors will be made aware of good practice with a specific Welfare course available, together with appropriate documentation, training and support from HQ, to ensure that Branches are able to implement the Welfare Policy.
Awareness of these issues, and the adherence to these simple guidelines, will help maintain professionalism and safeguard good practice, secure the protection of both the vulnerable and those responsible for them, from accusations arising from misinterpretation of innocent actions.
The Welfare Officer
The Welfare Officer is mainly responsible for managing child & vulnerable adult protection issues within the branch, ensuring compliance with BSAC policy to include:-
● Implement and promote the BSAC Welfare Policy and procedures.
● Report cases, concerns and action taken to the BSAC Welfare Officer
● Regularly report to the Branch Committee.
● Act as the main contact within the Branch with BSAC HQ for the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
● Provide information and advice to Branch members on the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
● Encourage good practice and support of procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults within the Branch.
● Communicate with members on issues of child and vulnerable adult protection.
● Keep abreast of developments and understand the latest information on data protection, confidentiality and other legal issues that impact on the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
● Establish and maintain contact with the BSAC HQ Welfare Officer.
● Follow the Procedures and Guidelines detailed in the “Welfare of Vulnerable People” Policy in cases of incidents and maintain confidential records of reported cases and action taken and liaise with the statutory agencies and BSAC HQ to ensure they have access to all necessary information.
● Attend training on the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
● Monitor and review the Welfare Policy and Procedures for their Branch.
In line with The British Sub-Aqua Club “Welfare of Vulnerable People” Policy guidelines all Prima Sub Aqua instructors have been CRB checked.
Further information on the Welfare policy can be found at: BSAC Welfare Policy
To Contact the Welfare Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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