Vulnerable Youngsters Protection Policy
The Rotary Clubs of Northampton, as members of the Rotary International Organisation, has policies in place to deal with child protection. Our Clubs have a nominated officer to advise on current legislation and current best practice when club members are dealing with children and vulnerable adults. The Rotary Clubs of Northampton’s child and vulnerable persons policy statement is:
The Rotary Clubs of Northampton are dedicated to keeping abreast of the current legislation within which we, as International Service Clubs have to work. Occasionally we work with children or vulnerable adults during such events as the Swimarathon. Our general policy for such occasions is:
- The Rotary Clubs of Northampton will nominate a Club Protection Officer
- The Club Protection Officer is to oversee club policies and ensure that these policies are in accord with current Rotary District, National and International standards.
- Any member or committee organising an event where children and/or vulnerable adults are involved should review this policy and, where necessary with the assistance of the Club’s Protection Officer, ensure that the policy fulfils the need of the event.
- For the purposes of this policy, a child is someone under the age of 16 years. A vulnerable adult is a person who has a mental or physical disability.
- No member shall put themselves in a situation where they are alone or in a delicate situation with a child or vulnerable person. They will always ensure another adult or capable person is at hand.
- No photographs shall be taken of any child without the express permission of either the parent or a responsible adult looking after the child. Permission forms will be given to Team Leaders for those teams containing children or vulnerable adults.
- Additional policy requirements of the Swimarathon event are:
- Photographs will be taken in the main swimming area by official Rotary Swimarathon photographers and the Chronicle and Echo Photographer only.
- Only one copy of a team photograph will be kept for the purposes of providing certificates, use at the grant award presentation, and for the advertising of future Swimarathon events.
- Any requests for further copies of photographs must be progressed through the Team Leader. Any photographs requested will be posted to the address of the Team Leader
- It is a rule of the Swimarathon that all children under 14 are supervised by a parent/guardian/teacher – that person either being in the water or standing on Poolside.
- A qualified Life guard will be on the poolside whenever swimmers are in the water.
- The Rotary Clubs of Northampton hire the facilities from Northampton High School and we are governed by their rules and regulations at all times.
Please also see our policy with regards to photographs/video use.
This policy will be reviewed annually – last reviewed 28th February 2015