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Safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults

Striving for a secure and safe environment for all

BSAC takes its safeguarding duty very seriously regarding the safety and well-being of children participating in the activities of snorkelling and diving.
The Children Act 1989 indicates that anyone who has care of children should:

"do what is reasonable in all circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child's welfare".

We all have the responsibility to protect children from any harm.

Working together in child protection
We have worked with leading organisations such as the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) who helped us prepare this document. We also worked closely with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We are pleased to launch Buddyguard. We hope that it will help empower good practice and comply with current legislation. Following the guidance should not be onerous and much of what has been included in the policy should be a common-sense approach.

Welcoming young members
We want to welcome young people to be involved in our sport to help the organisation grow and thrive. Diving and snorkelling provides opportunities for enjoyment and achievement for all.

The main Buddyguard document is a pdf file with a hyper-linked contents page and is also bookmarked for easy navigation. Some specific topics have broken-down into separate appendixes as individual files. This has been done to help you with certain areas, where the individual forms will allow easy reference, such as ‘Transporting young people’ etc.

Once you have read these documents, if there are any queries regarding safeguarding issues and Buddyguard, contact Mary Tetley directly on 0151 350 6220 or email

Below is a list of the documents to download – starting with the main Buddyguard publication.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
The Buddyguard policy can apply to these countries, however there is different legislation. Use this link on the NSPCC website for legislation advice and DBS information.

See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
We realise there will be some questions you may have which are not yet listed on the FAQs page. If your questions are not listed please email and they will be added to the list if suitable.

Buddyguard – BSAC Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

4.1   Introduction
4.2   The BSAC Whistle Blowing Policy
4.3   The BSAC Anti-Bullying Policy
4.4   Guidelines on Staffing Supervision Ratios for Children Young Peoples
4.5   Missing Child Guidance
4.6   Changing Room Guidance
4.7   Transport Policy and Trips Away Guidance
4.8   Good Practice Guidance on Photography and Video
4.9   Photography Consent Form
4.10  Late collection of children guidance
4.11  Guidance on Mobile phones and Social Networking Sites
4.12  BSAC Club Safeguarding Policy Statement
4.13  The BSAC Child Safeguarding Referral Form
4.14  Information sheet for a Club/Branch

DBS Disclosure Process

BSAC Equality and Diversity Policy