Frequently asked questions regarding Safeguarding
What is the difference between Safeguarding
and child protection?
Safeguarding - is the structure and
systems to prevent children coming to harm.
Child Protection - is the
procedures to respond to concerns about a child.
Is there any training available that will
enable me to be a club welfare officer?
Yes - the safeguarding
bowls website – http://www.safeguardingbowls.org/training.html
There are a
number of sports organisations that have been orientated to deliver the CPSU
Time To Listen designated person and welfare officer training, or which
offer their own recognised equivalent training.
What is the Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was established
under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to provide a joined-up service
combining criminal records and barring functions. It was formed from a
merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent
Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
For further information, please contact Joanne
Is it a current requirement that clubs will
annually check the coach’s, membership, insurance, DBS and certification in
order to ensure compliance.
It is NOT a legal requirement, but
the club is the employer and should ensure that those working on their
behalf are fit and proper to do so, this should include their DBS check is
correct and in date, and their coaching membership is still valid. For
further details on becoming a Coach, please visit
What is the recommendation of the EIBA for
The recommendation from the EIBA would be for
clubs to ensure a risk assessments has been completed, that all the children
in the session know who the responsible officers are at the time and if
present who their Club welfare officer is.
With the Club as the employer
they are aware that all their coaches have the correct DBS checks and they
are up to date. If in doubt the templates/guidelines etc. are available on
the safeguarding bowls website. We also strongly recommend that officers
present have attended the basic “Safeguarding & Protecting Children” course
through your local CSP and at least one Officer having attended the
Safeguarding in Bowls - "Time to Listen" course – for details, please visit
Is it acceptable for junior sessions go ahead
Potentially although dependent upon the
session as what structure would be taken without a coach and would it be
consistent week on week.
We recommend that those juniors attending are
signed in etc. as per guidelines on safeguarding bowls website. If no coach
is being used the “responsible adult” needs to be DBS checked and to have
attended a basic “Safeguarding & Protecting Children” course through their local
What safeguards should be in place for the
clubs to be protected during coaching sessions?
during a coaching session, the children before the start of the session
should be made aware of the “responsible officers” and/or the Club welfare
officer in case of an incident. The guidance is available on
Are there particular safeguards that clubs
should have in place for informal U18 sessions?
There are no
extra guidelines – the safeguarding standards should be met and adhered to
at all times.
What are the guidelines on physical contact
with children and young people in sport?
The CPSU (Child
Protection in Sport Unit) have issued guidance to all those involved in
working with young people in sport,
click for details
Any advice on setting up a
written a guidance note for setting up
a Junior section,
Can children's names, Date of Birth, and
address be given out by clubs or organisations to a third party if parents
haven't given consent?
The answer is no.
Up to what age can children enter a changing
room of the opposite gender?
There's no set legal limit but
standard accepted practice sets an age limit of under 8 to be in a changing
room of the opposite gender.
Can under-15s participate in bowling
activities with over-18s?
There is no definitive answer to this.
Some principles for consideration are: ensure the child has reached a level
of maturity and skill that enables them to participate in a mixed-age group
safely and ensure over-18 participants set a positive example to the younger
members of the team.
What do I do as a coach if a parent/guardian
doesn’t collect their child?
In such circumstances, it may be
necessary for you to consider transporting that child home. If other
suitable adults are present, ask one to accompany you and the child in the
car to the child’s home. If not, ensure you tell another club members of the
action you are taking. Sit the child in the back of the car and make sure
you know where you are going before you set of to return the child home.
NB (It has been known for the Coach to give them their mobile phone to call
a friend and they talk while the whole journey takes place). When you arrive
at the child’s home, hand the child to the parent. Do not get into
discussion with the parent about their failure to collect their child in
front of them, but suggest you will speak to the parent the following day.
What do I do if I find I am inadvertently
left alone with a child?
Firstly, don’t panic. You should
therefore ensure the wellbeing of the child, as that should always be the
first and foremost consideration. In this case, that means you should wait
with that child until the parent arrives, and use your mobile to inform
another coach or committee member of the situation.
It is unlikely you
will have the parent’s phone number but the child should be able to provide
this, or, if they are old enough to have their own mobile phone, they can
contact the parent themselves. Take sensible precautions while waiting with
the child. Talk only about matters which are acceptable between coach and
child and if you are in the bowling club with other users, wait for the
parent in a public area. If you are at a venue that has no other users, wait
in an area that is open and where the parent can clearly see you when they
As a coach, can I congratulate a child who
has done well?
The answer is yes but always in a reasonable and
appropriate manner, you can certainly shake the hand or a “High Five” a
child who has done well.