In this section:
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
North Avon Canoe Club follows British Canoeing’s policies and procedures to support everyone involved in our sport and is obliged to investigate all reported concerns or allegations. There are links here to the British canoeing’s policies to download or read online:
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.
- Report your concern to a Club Welfare Officer in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call (24 hour helpline) Childline 0800 1111 or NSPCC 0808 800 5000 (keep trying if you can’t get through straight away)
- Call the British Canoeing Safeguarding Officer Tel: 0773 4453430* (leave a message if no one answers and you will be called back as soon as possible)
* The British Canoeing Safeguarding Officer is an independent external specialist (WT Associates) contracted by British Canoeing. If you cannot get through to someone straight away, leave a message and you will be called back as soon as possible.
Our Club Welfare Officers
The club has appointed 2 welfare officers who should be the initial point of contact for any queries or concerns – they can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
I have been a member of the club since May 2018. I initially learnt to tandem canoe, followed by solo canoeing. I am currently learning to sea kayak. I often attend the club day trips and some touring trips. I attend the Saturday paddles, Wednesday evening coaching sessions and Saturday pool sessions when I can.
The Child Protection in Sport Unit of NSPCC is a great place to start for learning about welfare in sports:
- The CPSU Homepage: thecpsu.org.uk
- Introductory Video: thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/videos/introduction-to-the-cpsu
- Guidance on safely transporting individuals (own vehicle): thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/best-practice/guidelines-on-transporting-a-child-or-young-person-in-your-car
- Promoting Sport for All videos: thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/videos/promoting-sport-for-all-childline-videos