Morvargh Sailing Project acknowledges the duty of care it has to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities and government guidance complies with best practices.
This policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and vulnerable adults are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or socio-economic background, all children:
- Have a positive and enjoyable experience on our sail training voyages in a safe and child-centred environment
- Are protected from abuse whilst participating in sail training or outside of the activity.
We acknowledge that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse. We accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.
As part of our safeguarding policy, Morvargh Sailing Project will:
- Promote and prioritise the safety and well-being of children and young people
- Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
- Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support is provided to the individual/s who raises or discloses the fears.
- Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
- Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
- Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
This statement will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Morvargh Sailing Project. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.
The policy will be reviewed yearly after development or in the following circumstances:
- Changes in legislation and government guidance
- As required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, or ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations) requirements
- As a result of any other significant change or event.
Inappropriate relationships between individuals
Adults working with young people or vulnerable adults have a duty not to abuse their position of trust. They should behave responsibly and professionally towards children and young people in their care. The behaviour between individuals on a voyage should be acceptable in a typical working environment.
Morvargh Sailing Project operates a ‘no touching’ policy to reduce the risk to the afterguard and our crews. Sexual harassment is not acceptable. Examples may include:
- Suggestive comments or body language
- Unwanted physical contact
- Lewd comments/behaviour
During the voyage, public displays of affection between afterguard members are not appropriate and discouraged.
All young people must be given fair and equal treatment regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin or ability. No discrimination, harassment, intimidation or humiliation will be tolerated. If you are unsure what action is appropriate, it is recommended that you seek clarification from the designated person.
Abuse of the position of trust
It is an offence for a person aged 18 or over intentionally to engage in, cause or incite, participate in or cause a child to watch a sexual act when the adult is in a position of trust in respect of the child (Sexual Offences Act 2003).