Guidelines For The Protection Of Children And Vulnerable Adults
1 These guidelines are for the Surface Warship Association hereinafter referred to as the
2 People under the age of 18 years and Vulnerable Adults are accepted into the association only with the written permission of their Parent or Legal Guardian. These members under the age of 18 will be known as Junior members.
3 Junior members or Vulnerable Adults (as classified in section 1) will not be permitted to attend any meetings, organised events, or visit any club lake / clubhouse without the presence of their Parent or legal Guardian. (For this purpose a legal guardian will be accepted as an adult who has the written permission with him / her of the parent to look after the junior member and who has signed to accept legal responsibility for that junior member whilst in his / her care. This being a private childcare agreement and not the responsibility of the SWA)
4 SWA members are not allowed to approach or have personal contact with any person under the age of 18 years or who is suspected / known as a Vulnerable Adult (unless such person is in the presence of their or parent / legal guardian as described in section 2) whilst carrying out any aspect of their hobby except in circumstances required to preserve life or prevent accident.
5 Photographs of Juniors or Vulnerable Adults must not be taken without the permission of the parent or guardian.
6 Any SWA member accused of, or suspected of inappropriate behaviour with a person under the age of 18 years or registered as a Vulnerable Adult must be reported to the SWA General Secretary or any Member of the SWA Committee and will immediately be suspended from the Association, the details will be referred to the relevant authorities. The suspension will not be revoked until the matter has been satisfactorily resolved by the relevant authority.
SWA member who suspects that a person under the age of 18 years or a Vulnerable Adult has been treated
inappropriately, shall have a duty to report the incident in writing to the SWA
General Secretary and in the event of a serious incident i.e. physical harm
immediately to the relevant local authority. Such inappropriate behaviour
1. Physical harm of any kind.
2. Threatening behaviour
4. Any form of discrimination due to Race, Cultural differences, Gender,
Disability, or Sexuality.
8 The SWA recognises that from time to time some Individual members may choose to take part in organised events run by outside organisations such as Schools, local Authorities or Groups. Should this be the case it is the responsibility of the individual member or club to ensure that the organisers have a set policy on the inclusion of Young people under the age of 18 years and Vulnerable Adults plus appropriate insurance to cover the event. The SWA will not be liable for any accident or incident occurring during such activity.
9 Whilst in a public area it is the responsibility of all members to act appropriately towards all members of the public and whenever possible during organised events an appropriate area should be cordoned off with a notice stating “AUTHORISED PERSONS ONLY”.
Sir Roger Singleton has now completed his review of the ‘intensity’ and ‘frequency’ of contact with vulnerable people that should require an individual to register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority. The aim of the review was to ensure that the Vetting and Barring Scheme strikes the right balance between offering protection without being overly burdensome. The Government has accepted Sir Roger’s recommendations in full as follows:
The key change is that the threshold for ‘frequent’ engagement is now once per week, rather than once a month. This may reduce the number of people required to register. The implications of other recommendations, such as those relating to young people engaging in regulated activity as part of their education are not yet fully known. It appears that the relationship between CRB checks and the vetting and barring scheme will also be reviewed.