BODA Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Statement
It is the policy of the Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association (BODA) to safeguard children and young people taking part in Optimist sailing from physical, sexual or emotional harm. BODA will take all reasonable steps to ensure that, through appropriate procedures and training, children participating in BODA activities do so in a safe environment. We recognise that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount and that all children, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social status, have a right to protection from abuse.
For the purposes of this policy anyone under the age of 18 should be considered as a child. All members of BODA should be aware of the policy.
BODA Welfare Officer
Home phone: 441-236-7301
Cell Phone: 441-524-7516
If the Welfare Officer is unavailable and the matter is urgent, contact the Deputy Welfare Officer
BODA Deputy Welfare Officer
Home Phone: 441-236-4913
Cell Phone: 441-705-2003
Staff and Volunteers
BODA requires criminal background check for employees and volunteers serving in posts involving regularly training or supervising children or in positions of trust or authority over children’s welfare.
All members of BODA should follow the good practice guidelines attached (Appendix A) and agree to abide by the BODA Code of Conduct. Those working or volunteering with young people should be aware of the guidance on recognising abuse (Appendix B).
Anyone who is concerned about a young member’s or participant’s welfare, either outside the sport or within BODA, should inform the Welfare Officer immediately, in strict confidence. The Welfare Officer will follow the attached procedures (Section 6).
Any member of BODA failing to comply with the Safeguarding policy and any relevant Codes of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action.
Policy and Procedures