Bowls England, the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd and the Bowls Development Alliance are working jointly to safeguard all those who participate in the sport of flat green bowls.
The Safeguarding Bowls Group has produced a range of documents to assist clubs and counties to provide a safe environment for all members. These include various templates that can be downloaded and easily tailored to meet your requirements.
All Clubs and County Associations are encouraged to send Coaches, Welfare Officers and other relevant volunteers to a Sports Coach UK “Safeguarding & Protecting Children” course. These are offered regularly in your local area by the County Sport Partnership. Even if your club does not currently have any junior members (aged under 18) much of what is covered could be applied to working with vulnerable adults and will raise awareness.
Welfare Officers are then advised to attend the Safeguarding in Bowls “Time to Listen” course that looks at the role and responsibilities of this position and the process to follow if concerns are raised and where support is available. This course is managed by the Bowls Development Alliance. If a county would like a course for all its Welfare Officers then all you need to do is contact the Bowls Development Alliance on 01664 777001.
Benefits of attending the training
Raises awareness of safeguarding and possible implications for Clubs and County Associations;
Provides guidance on the process to follow if an issue should arise;
Identifies support available including Safeguarding Policy/Guidelines and Templates;
Satisfies criteria in the Club Mark process;
Provides opportunity to reflect on policies that bodies may or may not have i.e. recruitment process
Safeguarding Bursary Scheme
Bowls England offers members attending safeguarding training the opportunity to claim back 50 per cent of the course cost.
Bowls England will reimburse all successful applicants 50 per cent of the relevant course fee. The cheque will be made payable directly to the affiliated club which is supporting the application.
Payment will be made when the applicant has successfully completed the training and returns this form together with a copy of the invoice and relevant certificate. Please note due to expected demand only one application per year (ending 30th September annually) will be supported per affiliated club or county association.
For more information on the generic Sports Coach UK ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children’ course go to: https://www.sportscoachuk.org/workshops/workshop-search
For more information on the ‘Safeguarding in Bowls – Time to Listen’ course go to: http://www.safeguardingbowls.org/training.html
A copy of the application form can be found below:
Safeguarding Bursary Scheme Application Form (PDF)
Safeguarding Bursary Scheme Application Form (Word)
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