Gosport Bowmen Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding children, young people, and adults at risk

Safeguarding is the preventative measures that Archery GB and affiliated clubs and organisations take to keep children, young people, and adults at risk safe from harm.

Abuse is a single or repeated act of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment, online abuse (social media), bullying or lack of care that leads to harm or injury.

It is our shared responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk and protect them from poor practice, abuse, grooming and bullying.

Working with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Archery GB has developed policies, procedures and guidelines to support everyone in our sport. All Gosport Bowmen activities follow the Archery GB Safeguarding Policy – Children and Young People and Safeguarding Adults Policy.

These policies, with an accompanying toolkit of guidance documents, template forms, codes of conduct and flowcharts are freely available to all club members, parents of club juniors and potential members via the Archery GB website Safeguarding Policies and Guides | Archery GB and at Gosport Bowmen Archery Club (Bay House Hub).

We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming and positive environment for everyone who engages with Gosport Bowmen. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, health (mental & physical), ability or disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all those who engage with Gosport Bowmen:

  1. Have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport in a safe and child centred environment.
  2. Are protected from harm, abuse and exploitation whilst participating in Archery or outside of the activity.

All our coaches and Welfare & Safeguarding Officers have Enhanced DBS Certification and have completed safeguarding courses within the past 3 years.

As part of our safeguarding policy Gosport Bowmen will:

  • Take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice.
  • Promote an ethos which embraces difference and diversity.
  • Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people.
  • Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern.
  • Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.
  • Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals.
  • Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

It is important that all members understand that safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone. If anyone believes that they have witnessed an incident involving safeguarding concerns, this should be reported to the Welfare and Safeguarding Officers, to the club chair or to any coach present.

Useful Contacts

EntityPhoneWeb / Email
Gosport Bowmen Welfare and Safeguarding{{{safeguardingcontact}}}
Police (all areas)101 (or 999)
Childline0800 1111www.childline.org.uk
NSPCC Helpline0808 800 5000www.nspcc.org.uk
Citizens Advice Bureau0800 144 8848www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Hampshire Child Protection Services0300 555 1384 (Public)
0300 555 1373 (Out of hours)
Hampshire adult services0300 555 1386www.hants.gov.uk/socialcareandhealth

Last updated 12th February 2023