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Our Safeguarding officer is:  Eric Dunlop he is directly contactable via our Contact page.

Overton Black Arrows aim to promote a safe, friendly atmosphere where ALL adults and children can practice, enjoy and compete in Archery

Overton Black Arrows acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk.  The club is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and requirements.

We are affiliated with ArcheryGB and use their safeguarding guidelines, details of which can be found here:

We recognise that the welfare and interests of children and adults at risk are paramount in all circumstances.  We aim to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children and adults at risk:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of Archery in a safe and inclusive environment.

  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in Archery.

We acknowledge that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.

As part of our safeguarding policy Overton Black Arrows will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and well-being of children and adults at risk.

  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning.

  • recognise opportunities to identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and adults at risk.

  • encourage and maintain a culture where people feel able to raise a genuine safeguarding concern and are confident that it will be taken seriously.

  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and provide support to the individual(s) who raise or disclose the concern.

  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.

  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals.

  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed and may result in dismissal/exclusion from the club.

Reporting an issue

Anyone who does not feel comfortable raising a concern with the Club Safeguarding Officer should contact the AGB Safeguarding Team directly, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

Who has Safeguarding training?

  • All club coaches (AGB Level 1/Level 2) are required to complete a Safeguarding course every 3 years.

  • The club Chairman and Safeguarding Officer(s) are also required to complete a Safeguarding course within similar timeframes.

  • All club volunteers should be made aware of the importance of Safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults.

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