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Welfare & Safeguarding

Policies and & Procedures


Petersfield & District Angling Club is committed to ensuring the well-being, safety, and protection of all its members, especially in instances where welfare concerns arise.

This policy outlines the procedures and support available to members
facing welfare issues within the club, in conjunction with the club’s safeguarding policies


Safeguarding Adults and Young People Policy:

The aim of this policy is to promote good practice by ensuring that all Club members & those attending events.

  • Are fully aware of their responsibilities about adults at risk and child protection.

  • Safeguard and promote the interests and well-being of adults and risk young people with whom they are working.

  • Respond appropriately to concerns.

  • Take all reasonable and practical steps to protect adults at risk and young people from harm, discrimination, or degrading treatment.

  • Respect and promote adults at risk and young people’s rights, wishes and feelings.

  • Make informed and confident responses to protection issues.


This Safeguarding Adults at Risk and Young People Policy will:

  • Offer safeguards to young people, members, coaches, staff, and volunteers.

  • Help to maintain high standards of professionalism and practice at all levels of the sport.


Our Policy (what we’ll do)

We will:

  • Value, listen to and respect adults at risk and young people.

  • Adopt the Angling Trust’s safeguarding best practices through policies, procedures, and codes of conduct for all members and volunteers.

  • Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding by appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to safeguarding concerns involving young people confidently and competently.

  • Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of an incident or concern and provide support for the individual or individuals involved.

  • Ensure confidential, detailed, and accurate records are maintained and securely stored.

  • Prevent the employment or deployment of unsuitable persons by ensuring all necessary checks are robustly carried out.

  • Ensure everyone including young people and parents have easy to understand up to date information so that they can know where to go for help or support.

  • Review and adapt policies and procedures as required.

  • The policy and procedures will be widely promoted.


The term “young people” applies to persons who are under the age of 18 years.

The term "adults at risk’ applies to someone over the age of 18 and is at risk of abuse or neglect because of their needs or support.

Further supporting policies, procedures and guidance can be found at


  • Designated Welfare Officer: The PDAC has appointed a designated Welfare Officer responsible for handling welfare concerns. Members should report any welfare issues to the Welfare Officer.

  • Confidential Reporting: Members can report welfare concerns in person, in writing, or via email. All reports will be treated confidentially and with sensitivity.

  • Emergency Situations: In cases of immediate risk or danger to an individual’s safety or well-being, members should contact emergency services (999) before notifying the Welfare Officer.

  • Welfare Officer Assistance: Upon receiving a report, the Welfare Officer will promptly assess the situation and provide appropriate support and guidance to the member.

  • Privacy Assurance: The club respects the privacy and confidentiality of individuals reporting welfare issues. Information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis.

  • Data Protection: All personal information and reports will be handled in accordance with data protection laws, ensuring the security and confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Non-Retaliation Policy: The PDAC prohibits retaliation against any member reporting welfare issues in good faith. Retaliation of any form will not be tolerated.

  • Supportive Environment: The PDAC aims to create a supportive environment for all members, providing assistance and resources to address welfare concerns promptly and effectively.


Steven Chapman - Welfare Officer & Lead DSO

tel. 07510676729

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