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Worthing HO Racing Child Protection Policy

1. It is the policy of WHO Racing to safeguard the welfare of all young people and vulnerable adults while they are involved in activities at WHO Racing events by protecting them from emotional, physical, and sexual harm, including all forms of bullying.

2. It is the responsibility of all volunteers at WHO Racing (Organising Team members) to provide and encourage a friendly and completely open environment in which inappropriate behaviour is not acceptable and cannot be concealed; to provide guidelines to members which make clear what constitutes inappropriate behaviour; and to monitor the operation of WHO Racing and its members.

3. It is the responsibility of all racers at WHO Racing events to treat each other with dignity and respect and ensure that their behaviour, and that of others, is appropriate at all times. Any concerns must be communicated to the club secretary or other members of the Organising Team as soon as possible.

4. It is the responsibility of the parent and guardians of younger racers (12 years of age and under) at WHO Racing events to look after their children at all times. Children between thirteen and sixteen years old may attend the club alone, but only with permission of their parent or guardian and agreement with the club secretary.

5. It is also the responsibility of the parents of all young people (under sixteen) who become regular racers at WHO Racing events to assure themselves that this policy is implemented and that their children are being treated properly. All reasonable assistance will be offered by the club to parents in order to achieve this.

6. If a young person, parent or adult racer has any concerns, these must be communicated to the club secretary or a member of the Organising Team as soon as possible. The club secretary and/or Organising Team members must respond to any concerns swiftly and appropriately, drawing on the support of the Management Committee and outside agencies where necessary.

7. Worthing HO Racing does not permit photographs, video or other images of young people to be taken without the consent of the parents / carers and children. Consent is requested on a child's first visit to the club and at the start of each calendar year.

8. It is the responsibility of the WHO Racing Management Committee to review this policy each year and to make any adjustment where necessary.

[Note: It is the advice of Voluntary Action Worthing and West Sussex County Council that volunteers at WHO Racing do not require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as our roles are not Regulated Activity under the changes to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act made in 2012. Both Andy and Simon hold DBS certificates through their work]

Written October 2009. Revised July 2010 and December 2013. Last reviewed October 2023.