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Club Welfare

North Avon Canoe Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of its members. We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, race, religion or belief, gender or gender expression, socio-economic background, all are able to enjoy Paddlesport in a safe and supportive environment, protected from any form of poor practice or abuse.

All club members should respect and show understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of others, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club.

Report A Welfare Concern

You should follow this procedure whether a concern or allegation has been disclosed to you, or you have witnessed something, or something has been worrying you.

If you or someone else needs immediate medical attention or someone is at risk of immediate harm or danger, call the Emergency Services for the police or ambulance (999 or 112) immediately.

* The Paddle UK Safeguarding Officer is an independent external specialist (WT Associates) contracted by Paddle UK. If you cannot get through to someone straight away, leave a message and you will be called back as soon as possible.

Safeguarding and Welfare

Safeguarding is about protecting people from the harm caused by abuse.

It is ensuring measures are put in place to prevent abuse and making sure that should abuse occur, everyone knows what to do about it.

Training, awareness, clear procedures and clear communication about safeguarding all play a part in making sure that club activities are safe and fun places to be.

It is important to know what abuse looks like, including some of the indicators and how to report it.

Types of Abuse

Modern Slavery
Domestic Violence/Abuse

Jayne Coates

CWO Jayne Coates

I have been a member of the club since Nov 2017. I started with kayaking and enjoyed paddling on long trips in my touring kayak and then I learned to solo canoe. I am currently learning to sea kayak with the club and really enjoying it. I attend the Saturday paddles, Tuesday evening sessions, and club trips.

British Canoeing Safeguarding Training Requirements

British Canoeing aims to ensure that anyone who is in regular contact with children and young people through paid or voluntary roles within the sport has completed the minimum safeguarding training requirements for their role.

Paddle UK safeguarding training requirements for club officials and volunteers – a PDF table describing minimum requirements for each club role:

Introduction to Safeguarding e-learning course – for those with no contact with children:

UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course – for those working with children:

How to get in touch with the British Canoeing Safeguarding team:

Paddle UK Safeguarding Policies, Guidance and Templates:

Incident Reporting

Reporting an incident or notable event is important for the whole paddling community to enable us all to learn from and avoid such incidents happening again.

Paddle UK online incident reporting system (for incidents and near misses):

Paddle UK provides a support service for anyone who has witnessed, been involved in, or has been affected by a paddlesport incident.
Trained TRiM Practitioners can offer support or signpost to an appropriate agency, please email .

Further Welfare Resources

The Child Protection in Sport Unit of NSPCC is a great place to start for learning about welfare in sports: