Charity no 1161250
Charity no  1161250 Water Row, Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE158NL
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Welfare

The club takes the welfare of its members and visitors very seriously. We have a duty of care to everybody when on our premises or taking part in activities in the club’s name elsewhere. We have particular responsibilities for juniors (those under 18 years old) and for vulnerable adults.

Each year after the AGM we appoint a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) to advise the committee on welfare issues and to be the first point of contact for members or others on welfare matters. Jen Brown has been our CWO since June 2018 and her details can be found below. Do not hesitate to contact her at anytime if you need help or advice.

Matters of concern to us would generally fall under one of these four headings:

  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse.

Water safety issues are a fundamental part of the overall welfare picture, but we deal with these in detail on another page here.

If you believe that an incident relating to the welfare of a member or visitor has taken place, please contact the CWO immediately. If she is unavailable, try to reach the Secretary or the Chairman (details here). If this fails also, then if urgent you can go straight to the British Rowing Lead Safeguarding Officer in London on 020 8237 6700. Please do not try to sort the matter out yourself.

To help ensure the welfare of members, especially those under 18, we ask for and record relevant details, including information on medical conditions. These records are kept secure by the Secretary and the CWO and are only made available to other officers and coaches as necessary. GDPR provisions apply, of course.

Club members who have regular formal contact as session leaders or coaches with junior members are required by the club to seek Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. The CWO maintains records of such checks and ensures they are up to date.

You can find documents to download below with more information, including contacts and procedures for recording and reporting incidents. These are also posted on the welfare section of the notice board at the club.

The club also has a Grievance and Disciplinary procedure to ensure that anyone who has a complaint or feells they have been treated unfairly can be confident that their concerns will be addressed - contact the Secretary for details.

This page last updated 08-06-18.

Contacts

 
Name:
Jen Brown
Position:
Club Welfare Officer
 
Name:
Lead Safeguarding Officer
Position:
British Rowing
Tel:
020 8237 6707

Downloads

 
Issued 08-06-18 
 
Issued 08-06-18 
 
 
26 April 2010 
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