Child Protection

Looking after our young people

– At LYR, young people are our number one concern at all times. Ensuring their safety and well-being is our top priority.

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy

We follow the National Governing Body’s (British Rowing) Safeguarding & Protecting Children Policy. To download a copy please click here. Safeguarding & Protecting Children Policy

London Youth Rowing is committed to :

  • making the welfare of Children paramount. This means that the need to ensure that Children are protected is a primary consideration and may override the rights and needs of those adults working with them
  • enabling everyone whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity to participate in rowing in a fun and safe environment
  • taking all reasonable steps to protect Children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings
  • taking seriously all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or Abuse and responding swiftly and appropriately to them in accordance with current procedures
  • ensuring that all LYR employees, session coaches and volunteers who work with Children are appropriate for that role and responsibilities and provided with relevant training
  • ensuring all LYR employees, session coaches and volunteers are DBS checked before they work with any group of young people linked to LYR
  • recognising that Children and families from minority group backgrounds may face additional barriers to accessing help and reporting concerns in respect of safeguarding issues.

In addition LYR has procedures in place to ensure the well-being of our young people.

  • LYR has a Safeguarding Officer responsible for developing and implementing all safeguarding policies and processes
  • LYR conducts an enhanced DBS check on all staff coaches, session coaches and volunteers. In most cases prior to the commencement of their duties. LYR renew all it’s employees, session coaches and volunteers DBS checks every 3 years
  • LYR requires staff, session coaches and volunteers to nominate 2 referees who can verify their status.
  • All LYR staff, session coaches, volunteers, young people  and parents in our on water clubs are required to sign an LYR code of conduct every year as part of their membership.
  • All LYR staff have an annual review when their training is taken into consideration and appropriate courses are offered to them.
  • LYR has procedures in place to show the steps to be followed to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are protected, that concerns are reported, listened to and acted on appropriately.

LYR Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy will be reviewed annually or whenever there is new legislation