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Safeguarding children & adults at risk

The RYA Safeguarding team are here to support children and adults in sailing and boating 

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights. It’s fundamental to high-quality health and social care and is about keeping everyone safe and taking care of their wellbeing.

Who needs safeguarding?

While safeguarding is most commonly understood to protect children and young people, it does apply to everybody and it is everybody’s responsibility to make sure that the most vulnerable people within our society are protected from harm. Aside from children and young people, the next largest group of people that may need more support and consideration when it comes to safeguarding are vulnerable adults. This would include adults who are older and might need more support from care teams, as well as adults who have mental health conditions, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities.

The RYA Safeguarding team are here to help

The RYA Safeguarding team offers support and guidance to clubs, centres, class associations and any adults or children involved in sailing and boating. Feel free to take a look at our resources and if you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact our team directly.

If you have any safeguarding concerns at all, you can make a referral directly to the team by submitting an RYA Safeguarding referral form.

Make a referral

Contact your local safeguarding lead

RYA HQ | Andrea Gates | safeguarding@rya.org.uk | 02380 604297

RYA Cymru Wales | Pete Muskett | pete.muskett@ryacymruwales.org.uk | 07824 990694

RYA Northern Ireland | Gayle Logan | Gayle.Logan@rya.org.uk | 02891 827154

 RYA Scotland | Liz Linton | liza.linton@ryascotland.org.uk | 07770 604234


Safeguarding resources
What to do if you are worried

Find out what to do if you are a child or an adult who is worried or needs information and support

Club Welfare Officers

At the RYA we support all Club Welfare Officers and aim to provide the best guidance and information to support Club Welfare Officers within their roles.

Safeguarding Media and Resource Library

The RYA has a wealth of resources and media available to anyone involved in sailing and boating activities.

Criminal Records Disclosure Coordinator

RYA is an umbrella body for enhanced criminal disclosure checks from DBS, AccessNI and PVG.

Safeguarding policies procedures and guidelines

In this section you will find all of the RYA's safeguarding policies and guidelines which includes safeguarding and protecting children and safeguarding adults.