Child Protection Policy

The Pentland Firth Yacht Club recognises that child protection should not be treated in isolation – we will take on board guidance given by Highland Child Protection Committee and will address recruitment and selection of members, volunteers and paid employees by doing the following:

  1. We accept that it is our responsibility as a club to check that all adults with regular access to children have been appropriately vetted.
  2. We will ask all new members to provide their previous addresses for the past ten years;
  3. We will ask for the names of two referees who will be prepared to provide a written reference, and who may be interviewed personally.
  4. We will interview prospective adult members and instructors;
  5. We will note at interview all previous relevant experience of adult members and instructors.
  6. We will carry out a probationary period for all new adult members and instructors of at least six months.

The Pentland Firth Yacht Club believes that every child regardless of age has at all times and in all situations a right to feel safe and protected from any situation or practice that results in a child being physically or psychologically damaged.  In our club, if we have suspicions about a child’s physical, sexual or emotional well being, we will take action.

All members or volunteers are encouraged to share concerns with the Club’s Designated Officer.  If the situation is clearly an urgent case, the child is too frightened to go home or we have very serious doubts about the child’s safety, we will contact Social Work Services or the Police immediately.  If our concerns are more general about a child’s welfare, then we will discuss them with the club’s Designated Officer.  The Designated Officer will then make a referral to the Designated Officer, Social Work who will make the necessary arrangements.  It is important that all members and volunteers communicate concerns accurately.  To this end, all members and volunteers will follow the procedures below;

  1. Upon receipt of any information from a child or suspicions, it is necessary to record what they have seen, heard or know accurately at the time the event occurs;
  2. Share their concerns with the Designated Officer for the club and agree action to take;
  3. Never investigate.

But remember if you have concerns you must act – it may be the final piece of the jigsaw that is needed to protect that child – or you may prevent further children from being hurt.

Parents please note:

No junior members should be left at the Club House unless you are sure that a responsible adult is present to care for them.

Area Social Work Office and Police contact numbers

Area Social Work Office

Named Contact: Ian McElroy

Telephone No.: 01847 893835

Out of hours Social Work emergency Service: 0345 697284

Police Station

Named Contact: Inspector Grierson

Telephone No.: 01847 893222