Medley Sailing Club is committed to safeguarding children taking part in its activities from physical, sexual or emotional harm, neglect or bullying. We recognise that the safety, welfare and needs of the child are paramount and that any child, irrespective of age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual or gender identity or social status, has a right to protection from discrimination and abuse.

Medley Sailing Club takes all reasonable steps to ensure that, through appropriate operating procedures it offers a safe and fun environment to children taking part in its events and activities.

For the purposes of this policy anyone under the age of 18 should be considered as a child.

Government guidance makes it clear that ‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’. All adults should contribute to the club’s overall duty of care, be aware of their club’s safeguarding policy, and know what to do if they are concerned about a young person.

Club welfare officer

Owen Williams


Good practice

All members of the Club should follow the Good Practice Guidelines and agree to abide by the Club Code of Conduct and the RYA Racing Charter contained in the Racing Rules of Sailing.

Adults are requested not to enter the showers and changing rooms at times when children are changing. If this is unavoidable it is advised that they are accompanied by another adult.

The Club will seek written consent from parents/carers before taking photos or video of a child at an event or publishing such images. Parents and spectators should be prepared to identify themselves if requested and state their purpose for photography/filming. If the Club publishes images of children, no identifying information other than names will be included. Any concerns about inappropriate or intrusive photography or the inappropriate use of images should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer.


Anyone who is concerned about a young member’s welfare, either outside the sport or within the Club, should inform the Club Welfare Officer immediately, in strict confidence. The Club Welfare Officer will follow the procedures below. Any member of the Club failing to comply with the Safeguarding policy or any relevant Codes of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action.

Concern about the behaviour of someone at a club identified

Possible outcomes:

RYA’s investigation pends outcome of Social Care/Police investigation. Possible outcomes: