Child Protection and Wellbeing

Edinburgh Fencing Club is committed to making sure that young people can enjoy fencing in a safe and fun environment. The Club follows the Child Protection and Anti-Bullying policies of Scottish Fencing. Visit their website for more information: Safeguarding and Child Protection pages on Scottish Fencing’s website.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Club’s Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer or any member of the committee if you have any questions or concerns.

Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer – Andrena Graham

If you have any concerns you would like to raise, please email Andrena via the email below.

Contact the CWP Officer

EFC Child Protection Policy

Policy Statement

Edinburgh Fencing Club is fully committed to safeguarding the wellbeing and welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. For the purposes of this policy and associated procedures a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years and is framed within the context of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child.

Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.

Edinburgh Fencing Club will:
  • Promote the health, wellbeing and welfare of children by providing opportunities for them to take part in fencing safely.
  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children.
  • Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse.
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise its staff, members and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to reduce risk to themselves.
  • Require staff, members and volunteers to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy and these procedures.
  • Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this Policy and these procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures.
  • Observe guidelines issued by local Child Protection Committees for the protection of children.
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this Policy and these procedures.

These guidelines are based on the following principles:

  • The wellbeing and welfare of children is our primary concern
  • All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse.
  • Child protection is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Children have the right to express views on all matters which affect them, should they wish to do so.
  • Organisations shall work in partnership together with children and parents/carers to promote the welfare, health and development of children.

This Policy and these Procedures will be regularly reviewed:

  • In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the protection of children
  • Following any changes within Edinburgh Fencing Club.
  • Following any issues or concerns raised about the protection of children within Edinburgh Fencing Club.
  • Following updated guidance from Scottish Fencing being made available.
  • In all other circumstances, at least every three years.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Club’s Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer or any member of the committee if you have any questions or concerns.

Coaches and Welfare

Club coaches are required to be on the British Fencing Accredited Coach Register, which shows that they hold the required qualifications (in coaching, first aid, and child wellbeing and protection in sport), are registered with the PVG scheme, and have signed the British Fencing Coaches Code of Conduct.

Visit the British Fencing Accredited Coaches page to find out more and browse the Coach Register.

Fencers and Welfare

Fencers training at the club are required to follow the British Fencing Code of Conduct.

Find out more on the British Fencing Codes of Conduct page