Cycling should be a safe and positive experience for everybody. All those involved in the sport have a part to play in safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. To assist with this, the Club has a Safeguarding Officer and the Policy below.
If an unaccompanied child comes to a club ride without parent/guardian or prior contact then the Ride Leader should contact the child’s parents. This may be done by mobile phone. If the leader is satisfied that consent has been obtained and the parents are aware of the ride details the child may be allowed to continue.
The Ride Leader must be sure that the parents have agreed how the child is to get home after the ride. It is normal procedure for the group to break up towards the end, such that riders go home in ones and twos. If the child is to be collected or accompanied home by an adult friend, neighbour or the ride leader this will be agreed. The leader will confirm verbally with the child and if present the parents the destination, duration and likely difficulty of the ride. A child should not be cajoled or encouraged on to a ride that they may not be competent to make.
The ride leader must be fully satisfied that the guidance above has been followed and the child’s participation is fully supported by parents. If contact with parents cannot be made or the leader is not satisfied that these conditions can be met then the child should NOT be allowed to go on the ride.
Remaining elements are presently being drafted