Scottish Cycling is fully committed to ensuring that all cyclists, parents, coaches and officials have only positive experiences when participating in the sport.
Scottish Cycling, as part of British Cycling, has adopted the Policy and Procedures for the protection of Children and Vulnerable adults in cycling, copies of which can be downloaded below.
We have been working with Children 1st, Sportscotland and Respect Me to ensure that our child protection procedures and policies reflect current best practice following a Scottish Cycling Safeguarding Review in November 2015.
No matter what role you play in supporting the sport of cycling in Scotland it is important to familiarise yourself with the following key documents: -
- Scottish Cycling responding to concerns flowchart - here
- Scottish Cycling Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy - here
- Scottish Cycling Code of Conduct - here
- Child Protection Co-ordinator Job description - here
Child Protection Courses
Scottish Cycling requires all those working with children (i.e. coaches, judges, helpers and chaperones) within a club as well as those accompanying children on trips, regardless of whether in a paid capacity or as a volunteer, attend Child Protection courses organised through Sportscotland. Child Protection Training should be repeated every three years.
Safeguarding and Protecting Children - This is a three hour module, which is designed to raise awareness on issues surrounding the protection of children and young people within the sport and covers topics such as: duty of care, good/inappropriate practices, recognising signs and indicators of abuse, acceptable and unacceptable behavior, how to protect yourself as a coach and where to go for advice and help on how to deal with issues.
In Safe Hands – This is a 3-hour workshop for those in the role of child protection officer or board/commitee member at a sports club or governing body. Participants attending this workshop should have first attended a basic awareness course in child protection. This covers topics such as: roles & responsibilities, legal basis for protecting children, implementing guidelines, managing concerns and allegations and what is an 'Aware' or 'Safe' club.
Please note: Child Protection Officers must attend the Safeguarding & Protecting training before attending the In Safe Hands training.
Details of above courses and how to book on can be found here.
Equality is becoming a familiar concept in the media, but what exactly does it mean and what is its significance in the context of sport? Why is it relevant to Scottish Cycling and its members?Simply defined, equality is about fairness, including equality of opportunity. It means recognising and respecting cultural and social diversity. Being equitable means treating everyone fairly and according to their needs, which is not always the same thing as treating everybody the same.
Everyone involved in sport should be concerned with good practice, with fairness and inclusion, and with ensuring that opportunities to participate are fair for all, regardless of who we are, where we come from, what our beliefs or social backgrounds are. Being an equitable organisation is an essential prerequisite for government funding and it underlies Scottish Cycling's strategic objectives.
For any issues regarding Child Protection or Equality, please contact Scottish Cycling on 0141 554 6021
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