Safety and Welfare

Water Safety

The club takes safety very seriously and we have the best interests of all paddlers uppermost in our minds at all times. Account is always taken of weather conditions, water conditions, paddler ability and the equipment being used. No child will be allowed on the water, whether at training sessions or competitions, without the proper kit and a buoyancy aid.

The club currently has seven fully qualified coaches, all with many years experience. In order to maintain their coaching qualifications the instructors are required to hold a valid first aid certificate, have been PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) cleared & have completed a Young & Vulnerable People training course. The behaviour of all members is an extremely important safety consideration. Members are expected to follow coach’s instructions carefully and comply with the club’s policies.

Child Protection

Linlithgow Kayak Racing is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.

LKR coaches and volunteer helpers are checked via Disclosure Scotland through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. LKR coaches and volunteer helpers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people. The LKR Committee has adopted the SCA Child Protection Policy and Guidelines and will use these in case of any concern expressed. LKR coaches and volunteer helpers must ensure full familiarity and compliance with the SCA Child Protection Policy and Guidelines at all times.

If you are worried about a child’s welfare in connection with the club, contact LKR’s Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Jacqui Brockway.  If you can’t get through, contact the local council’s Social Work Department or the Police on 101.  If you think a child might be in immediate danger you should contact the Police right away by dialling 999. Additional useful safeguarding in sport resources are available via Children 1st

Photographs of paddlers may be taken from time to time and may be included on our website, newsletter or used in publicity for the club. Your joining the club (i.e. signing the membership form) will be regarded as approval for this, unless you notify us in writing of any objection.

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