Child Welfare Policy



  • Everyone who participates in the sport of rowing is entitled to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.


  • The Guernsey Rowing Club is committed to help everyone in rowing accept their responsibility to safeguard children from harm and abuse and to support them to do so.


Complaints should be directed to the Club's Child Welfare Officer, Sam de Kooker using this form.





  • This policy applies to all rowers, coaches, volunteers and anyone involved in rowing, whether or not they are members of the Guernsey Rowing Club. All of these people have a duty of care to safeguard the welfare of children and prevent their abuse.





The Guernsey Rowing Club 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 Guernsey Rowing Club members who work with children are appropriate for that role and responsibilities and providing them with relevant training.


  • Requiring all its committee, sub-committees, regattas and races to accept responsibility for the welfare of the children in their care in accordance with current policies and procedures, and to incorporate these in their constitutions and rules.





    That everyone should:


  • Aim to make the experience of rowing fun and enjoyable.


  • Conduct a Risk Assessment before undertaking any rowing related activities organised by the Guernsey Rowing Club. (See Coaching Session Risk Assessment Form).


  • Promote fairness and adhere to Guernsey Rowing Club rules.


  • Treat all children equally and preserve their dignity. This includes giving more and less talented members of any group similar attention, time and respect.


  • That all coaches and those working directly with children should:


  • Be ARA members and be qualified.


  • Have completed a recognised Child Protection Awareness course.


  • Always be publicly open when working with children, eg:

     Avoid coaching sessions or meetings where coach and individual are completely unobserved.

     Keep parents informed about content and nature of any communications you have directly with their children, including e-mails and          text messages.


  • Maintain an appropriate and open environment with no secrets.


  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact with young people. Physical contact (touching) can be appropriate so long as:

     It is neither intrusive nor disturbing.

     The reason for it has been fully explained.

     The athlete’s permission has been openly given. It is delivered in an open environment.


  • Arrange that someone with appropriate training in and current knowledge of emergency first aid is available. Also to be aware of any medical conditions, existing injuries, or medications being taken by individuals.


  • Gain parents consent in writing (See Rowing Consent Form)

     To act on loco parentis for the administration of first aid or other medical treatment if the need arises.

     For the use of any photography or video analysis.


The principal rowing coaches as at September 2018 that have undertaken Amateur Rowing Association training are.


Lloyd Le Page

Matt Gill

Cat Peet

Tom Ogier

Matt Toussaint

Ben Vaudin

Margi Jorgenson

Tim Nicolle

Nicky Will


All have either undergone or are willing to undergo police checks.




    The following are regarded as poor practice and should be avoided:


  • Communicating directly with a child without their parent’s knowledge. This includes phoning, text messaging and e-mailing.


  • Spending excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others.


  • Allowing or engaging in inappropriate touching of any form.


  • Using inappropriate language to a child or allowing children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.


  • Making sexually suggestive comments to a child, even in a light hearted manner.


  • Letting allegations made by a child go uninvestigated, unrecorded, or not acted upon.


  • Doing things of a personal nature that children can do for themselves.


  • Taking children alone in a car on journeys, however short.


  • Inviting or taking children to your home or place of work where they will be alone with you.


  • Sharing a room with a child.


Note: In exceptional circumstances it may be impractical to avoid some of these examples of poor practice. In which case, to protect both the children and yourself, you must seek parental consent and also make sure that the Welfare Officer is aware of the situation and gives approval.


If during your care of a child you accidentally hurt them, the child seems distressed in any manner, appears to be sexually aroused by your actions, or misunderstands or misinterprets something you have done, report any such incidents as soon as possible to another adult and make a brief written note of it. Parents should also be informed of the incident.


Updated: September 2018