Young People Guidance

The majority of information on this web-site is for those adults who have an interest in the Safeguarding of the Vulnerable (including young people) and gives guidance and advice to enable a safe environment for the Vulnerable to participate in the Sport of Bowls.

However, it should also be recognised that Young People and Vulnerable Adults may independently wish to do things for themselves and this module looks to give advice and pointers where this group of individuals can find information for themselves in the web-site and elsewhere.

Finding a Club to join

Your first port of call may be through school, through relatives who play the game or visiting the various National Governing Body web-sites [eg Bowls England; EIBA Ltd; English Short Mat Bowling Assocation (ESMBA); British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA)] and finding one in your area to contact.

Expected Behaviour and Code of Conduct

It is important to behave and conduct yourself in a manner that you and your peers can enjoy the sport and also be in a safe environment. The Sport of Bowls take the Safeguarding of Children (Young People) and Vulnerable Adults very seriously. All Clubs should have a Safeguarding Officer or Welfare Officer who is responsible for Safeguarding in the Club. A note of who this is (along with contact details) should always be posted on the main notice board.

All suspicious cases or poor practice should be reported following guidelines in this document. When a child or vulnerable adult enters the club having been subjected to abuse outside the sporting environment, sport can play a crucial role in improving the individual’s self esteem.

Good Practice in our sport means that the adults responsible for you are:

Avoiding poor practice means that the adults must never:

Codes of conduct

As a Young Person involved in the sport, it is suggested that clubs ask you and your carers should adhere to the following codes of practice:

Reporting a Concern

If you have a concern in the club, please first report it to the Club SO/WO. The procedure on how to deal with a complaint or concern can be found in the section Dealing with Concerns and Incidents. This section also gives useful flowcharts on the procedures involved.

Electronic Communications Media

For young people, the mobile phone, i-pad etc is the way to communicate and many sites such as Twitter, and Facebook are used.

The Section Electronic Communications Guidance gives information for your parents to be aware of in order to help them Protect and Safeguard you. You may find some of this information useful.

In addition additional guidance can be found in Email Guidance; Texting Guidance and Social Networking Guidance.

You can also seek guidance and suggestions on how to keep youself safe on-line through the following web-sites:

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