This page covers our policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, with comprehensive guidelines for different groups of people involved with the Ramblers including the public, volunteers and staff.
The Ramblers works to make walking accessible to all, and to share its benefits with as wide a range of people as possible. 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 aimed at a variety of different audiences involved in Ramblers activities, including ordinary participants, volunteers and staff.
You only need to read the guidelines appropriate to you.
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Read this if you lead walks and/or other activities for your Area or Group.
Read this if you organise activities for your Area or Group, especially if children or vulnerable adults are likely to participate.
Read this if your volunteering for staff-managed projects regularly brings you into contact with the public and participants in projects which may include children or vulnerable adults.
Read this if you are a child, young person or vulnerable adult planning to attend a Ramblers walk or other activity, or if you are a parent, guardian or carer.
Read this if you would like a consent card for a 15-17 year old to attend Ramblers activities.
Read this if you are a partner or stakeholder or other person with a general interest in Ramblers’ general policy on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The document also includes guidance for Ramblers staff.
Use this form to obtain consent for publicity, photography, film and video use from participants in Ramblers activities.
The policy and guidance are reviewed regularly so please make sure that even if you are familiar with previous documents you read the most up-to-date versions.
The last review was in November 2012, following a change in the law on disclosure and barring in England and Wales in September 2012 under the Protection of Freedoms Act. Similar changes are being introduced in Scotland.
These changes don’t significantly affect our policy and guidance but they do underline the need for volunteers and staff to ensure they don’t work with children and vulnerable adults without a responsible person present.
The government has also confirmed it will not proceed with the previously proposed Vetting and Barring Scheme. A single Disclosure and Barring Service is being created and a system to reduce the need to make repeat applications for criminal records disclosure certificates will be introduced early in 2013.
The next review date for the guidance is September 2013. However the guidance is also subject to review at any time, as a result of changes in legislation or external circumstances or feedback on best practice.
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