The Ramblers helps everyone enjoy walking. At the same time we are committed to safeguarding the well-being of everyone who participates in Ramblers activities and will take every practical step to minimise the risk of harm, paying particular attention to the needs of those who are most vulnerable, including children and vulnerable adults. We are also committed to supporting fully our volunteers and staff in their work.
To assist in this, we have a comprehensive policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with guidance notes for participants and volunteers involved with Ramblers activities .
You only need to read the guidelines relevant to you.
For further information and enquiries on safeguarding, please contact the safeguarding officer, Izzy Shaw (0207 339 8569, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read this if you lead walks and/or other activities for your group or area.
Read this if you organise activities for your group or area, especially if children or vulnerable adults are likely to participate.
Read this if you are under 18 or a vulnerable adult planning to attend a Ramblers walk or other activity, or if you are a parent, guardian or carer.
Read this to find out about the Ramblers’ full policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
Complete this form if there has been an incident. This includes when there is no immediate danger but you have a suspicion or concern that abuse is taking place; when an allegation of abuse has been made; if you are preparing a referral; or if there was any kind of notable incident involving a vulnerable adult or child during a Ramblers activity.
If you are a group based in Scotland and occasionally or regularly have children or young people (under the age of 18) participate in your walks, please take time to familiarise yourself with this Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Children, and our other safeguarding guidance in this toolkit. If you have any questions or require any advice or support regarding the safeguarding of children and young people in Scotland, please contact Ramblers Scotland’s Delivery Officer, Jeannie Cranfield: e:Jeannie.email@example.com or t: 0131 472 7006.
If you are a group based in Scotland and occasionally or regularly have children or young people (under the age of 18) participate in your walks, please take time to familiarise yourself with this process for raising concerns about a child, and our other safeguarding guidance in this toolkit. If you have any questions or require any advice or support regarding the safeguarding of children and young people in Scotland, please contact Ramblers Scotland’s Delivery Officer, Jeannie Cranfield: e:Jeannie.firstname.lastname@example.org or t: 0131 472 7006.
Updates and revisions
The Ramblers safeguarding policy, procedures and guidelines are reviewed on a regular basis. They are subject to change at any time, based on updated legislation and best practice. Please ensure that you are up-to-date with the latest version.
This policy and guidance was reviewed in March 2017 to strengthen the guidance on unaccompanied 15-17 year olds and to update some of the language in accordance with changing practices. The next review date is March 2018.
The contact details of the safeguarding officer were updated in July 2018.
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