BS SAFEGUARDING POLICY

BS Guernsey acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, States of Guernsey guidance and complies with best practice. This policy outlines BS Guernsey approach to safeguarding young people (under 18s) and adults.

About Us

BS Guernsey support the Equine community across the island run by an elected committee. Competitions across the disciplines are run throughout the year. Facilities are used by members through hire. BS Guernsey runs in conjunction with Guernsey Dressage Group, BS Academy and through hire to Guernsey Pony Club.

To achieve our mission, we support and deliver clinics and competitions (which we collectively refer to in this Policy as the “Services”) in Guernsey. these being:

  • Trainer lead clinics
  • Equestrian courses
  • Competitions in all disciplines

THE PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THIS POLICY STATEMENT

The purpose of this policy statement is:

  • To protect children, and young people, who receive BS Guernsey services from harm. This includes the children of adults who use our services
  • To ensure that all adults, regardless of age, ability or disability, gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, marital or gender status have the right to be protected from abuse and poor practice and to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment
  • To provide staff and volunteers, as well as children and young people and their families, with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection. This policy applies to anyone working on behalf of BS Guernsey, adjoining clubs, including committee members, trainers, helpers, and officials.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of legislation, policy and guidance that seeks to protect children in England and The Channel Islands.

WE RECOGNISE THAT

The welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse .

  • Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • Working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

WE WILL SEEK TO KEEP CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE BY:

  • Valuing, listening to and respecting them
  • Appointing a nominated child protection lead for children / young people, and a deputy for safeguarding.
  • Child Protection Lead 2023/2024 – Sam Rihoy
  • Deputy Safe guarder 2023/2024 – Laura Cohen
  • Adopting child protection and safeguarding best practices
  • Providing effective management for volunteers through supervision, support, training so that all staff and volunteers have safeguarding at the forefront of their work
  • Recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • DBS checks done for those staffing BS Academy Camp / Guernsey Pony Club Camp
  • Making sure that children, young people and their families know where to go for help if they have a concern
  • Creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment
  • Ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
  • Building a safeguarding culture where volunteers, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns

DATA SHARING

All data will be stored and shared for the sole purpose of BS Guernsey membership requirements and will not be shared for any other purpose. Details of our data retention policies are provided as part of your membership renewal.

Users of our website, social media and services will have agreed to this.

ONLINE SAFEGUARDING AND BEHAVIOURS

Parental permission must be obtained prior to sharing any images, audio or videos of riders and this permission is granted when registering as a member.

Social Media: Expected does and don’ts to consider before posting on social media

  • Pause and think about what you are saying and the impact it might have
  • Be careful, respectful and positive. You are personally responsible for what you post and if in doubt, don’t post it
  • Think about your image – what do I want people to think about me or my club
  • Consider who you are interacting with – you will likely come into contact online with under 18s
  • Respect confidentiality within the team and club, e.g. announcements, coaching / training advice and information
  • Remember many different audiences will see your posts including Club members, potential members, children, members relatives, Club sponsors and friends
  • Be smart about protecting yourself, your privacy and confidential information – consider your privacy settings
  • Don’t post content that discriminates against individuals
  • Don’t speak negatively about other club members, competitors, officials or governing bodies. Never use slurs, personal insults or obscenity. Be professional and respectful.
  • Don’t engage in online disputes and don’t allow family or friends to argue online on your behalf.

PARENTAL CONSENT

When a junior wishes to become a member or enter any of BS Guernsey’s clinics or competition this may only be done so through a legal parent or guardian.

Communication will only happen through the contact given on their membership.

VOLUNTEERS AND ORGANISATIONS

  • Volunteers are organised by Amy Parnwell and ensure that supervision and DBS checks are carried out where necessary whilst at the showground.
  • Organisations that carry out volunteer work within the grounds will be supervised and aware of risk assessment and Safeguarding policies.

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