All sporting organisations which may make provision
for vulnerable adults must ensure that:
welfare of every person is paramount:
• All persons, whatever age, culture, disability,
gender, language, racial origin, religious beliefs and/or
sexual identity have the
right to protection from abuse;
• All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be
taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately;
• All staff paid or unpaid and all members working in
sport have a responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate officer.
Staff/ volunteers are not trained to deal with
situations of abuse or to decide if abuse has taken place.
Peacehaven & Telscombe Bowls Club has a duty of
care to safeguard all persons involved in activity at
the club. Peacehaven & Telscombe Bowls Club will
ensure the safety and protection of any vulnerable
persons involved through adherence to the Welfare
Policy adopted by the Club.The aim of Peacehaven & Telscombe Bowls Club
Welfare Policy is to promote good practice:
• Provide any vulnerable adults with appropriate
safety and protection whilst in the care of
Peacehaven & Telscombe Bowls
• Allow all staff, members and volunteers to make
informed and confident responses to specific protection issues.
The policy provides relevant procedures for:
• appointing a named person to be contacted should a
concern or incident arise
• reporting concerns, allegations and disclosure of
possible abuse or poor practice
• dealing with Health and Safety issues
• promoting codes of conduct for everybody involved
• Adequate insurance cover
• Coaching appointment
• Website good practice
• Ensuring confidentiality
Some items already feature in Club Rules and are
mandatory to comply with regulations of affiliation to
the governing body. Other
guidance and policies that are followed relate to bowls affiliation and can be
found through the following:
• English Short Mat
• English Bowling
• Bowls England • EIBA Ltd.
Named Welfare officers and contact details are
highlighted in the Officers and Committees membership Fixture lists as well as the ‘notice of
Welfare Policy’ displayed in the club pavilion
(see appendix 1). New members will also be informed
and introduced to the relevant Welfare
Officer by their buddy.
Any person should contact one of these should a concern or
Reporting concerns, allegations and disclosure of possible abuse or poor practice. It is not the responsibility of anyone working on
behalf of Peacehaven & Telscombe Bowls Club,
in a paid or unpaid capacity to decide whether or
not abuse has taken place. However there is a
responsibility to act on any concerns through
contact with the appropriate authorities.
Members should contact the appropriate Welfare
officer to raise any concerns
The welfare officer will have a responsibility to
follow up on any concern raised if appropriate
However if a complaint is made to any member, the
following should be considered ;
o Stay calm and do not rush into inappropriate action.
o Reassure the vulnerable adult he or she is not to
blame. Communication should be at the
individual’s pace without pressure.
o Listen to what the individual is saying and take
o Do not make promises you cannot keep.
o Ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all
o Explain to the individual what steps you intend to
take having heard their account.
o Ensure that you understand what the individual has
said and that you record it accurately
immediately after the conversation.
o You should not take sole responsibility; consult the
Club CPO/SO/WO or Club Secretary
so that they can take
steps to protect the child
or at-risk adult and offer support.
Confidential advice can be obtained by telephoning any
of the help-lines listed below.
on Elder Abuse - 0808 808 8141
Craft Trust (dealing with the Abuse of Children and Adults with Learning
0115 9515400/Mon-Thurs 0830-1700 / Friday 0830-1630
Notice of Welfare Policy
Peacehaven & Telscombe Bowls Club
fully accepts its legal and moral obligation to exercise its duty of care and
to protect all children and vulnerable adults participating in its activities,
and to safeguard their welfare.
We are committed to do this by
• each individual irrespective of age,
gender, religion, race or disability has the right to protection from abuse;
• each individual has a right to be safe,
and to be treated with respect and dignity
We shall use our best endeavours to
• all allegations of abuse are taken
seriously, investigated, and actioned upon.
• the response to them is swift and
• the effectiveness of our policy is
• a responsible person shall be appointed
annually for both a Ladies Section Welfare Officer
Section Welfare Officer to
whom members can address any concerns.