Hampstead Bowmen believes that when dealing with children and young people their welfare must always be of paramount importance. We are committed to providing an environment where children and young people can learn and participate in archery free from harassment and abuse. All those people working with children and young people have a moral responsibility to safeguard and promote a child and young person’s welfare.
This club has adopted the Archery GB policy for Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults to ensure peace of mind for adults, children, young people and vulnerable adults and it can be viewed here.
We would like to advise parents that:
- 1. All members with “Regular Access” to children and young people will go through a screening process.
- 2. The club has a policy of zero tolerance of bullying.
- 3. We Treat children/young people/disabled equally and with respect and dignity.
- 4. We always put the welfare of each child or young person first, before winning or achieving goals.
- 5. We aim at making sport fun, enjoyable and promote fair play.
- 6. We always work in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations encouraging open communications with no secrets).
- 7. All complaints or concerns can be voiced and dealt with confidentially.
Over the recent years new policies for safeguarding children and young people relating to the operation of Hampstead Bowmen have come into force. These include:
- ‘The HM Government – Working Together to Safeguard Children – March 2013’, refer to a summary at the NSPCC CPSU Resource Library and it can be viewed here.
Due to the nature of the requirements raised in these amended policies for safeguarding children and young people and in accordance with the Archery GB recommendations for implementing best practice at club level, we must now ensure that a Parent, Carer, Legal Guardian or Other Responsible Adult be present when your child attends shooting sessions at the indoor range and outdoor ground or if they compete at a tournament.
For the avoidance of doubt: junior archers will not be able to participate in shooting sessions at Hampstead Bowmen unless accompanied by a Parent, Carer, Legal Guardian or Other Responsible Adult. A Junior member is any child 17 years of age or less. The minimum age for Junior membership is 10 years. A Senior member is from 18 years of age.