As a rowing club affiliated to the Amateur Rowing Association, it is mandatory for us to have child protection procedures.
With the assistance of the ARA, all our coaches are being educated in good practice with regard to every aspect of the safety of your children. They will all have - or be working towards gaining - a coaching award, which means that they have been trained to ensure the physical safety of your children both on and off the water.
On the next page we set out some aspects of the good practice which all our coaches will follow in dealing with their athletes.
If your child complains, or if you learn in some other way, that any of these good practices are being breached then you need to contact our Child Protection Officer who can take the matter up either with the children and the coach concerned, or with the authorities in appropriate cases.
If you have no experience of rowing we would encourage you to attend some sessions with your child so that you can meet some of the coaches and get some idea of what we are all about. Occasionally the children will be invited to take part in regattas which spread over two days and where, for convenience, they will need to stay at the regatta site overnight. That situation is covered in the good practice set out below, but you may feel more comfortable if you have had the opportunity of meeting the coaches concerned so that you will know who will be looking after your child at these two-day regattas.
Child Protection Officer:
John Gardiner, phone number 9165200 (work) or 9256163 (home)
Good practice for the avoidance of potentially abusive situations
1. A coach should never be alone with an athlete in a 1- to -1 situation.
2. Supervision of shower arrangements should always be by a coach of the same sex as the athletes.
3. Away trips involving children of both sexes will always be supervised by coaches of both sexes. Single sex trips will be supervised by coaches of the same sex.
1. There will be no physical chastisement of any athlete.
2. There will be no physical contact between coach and athlete except when necessary in a coaching context, for example in demonstrating body position, and after the coach has clearly explained his or her intention to the athlete.
1. It is never appropriate for a coach to display anger at the athlete’s inability either to row properly or to understand the coach's requirements.
2. It is never appropriate for a coach to single an athlete out for ridicule or embarrassment, although it may sometimes be necessary, within a crew, to speak to an individual athlete about a particular fault.