Vulnerable Adult Policy

Definition:

Vulnerable Adult: is a person who is or may be in need of services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness and who is, or may be, unable to care for him/herself, or unable to protect him/herself against significant harm or exploitation. Main forms of abuse include physical, sexual, financial, psychological, neglect and discrimination.

Maryhill Harriers is committed to promoting athletics in the local community. Maryhill Harriers believe that exercise has great therapeutic benefits to a person’s physical and psychological development. Maryhill Harriers aims to ensure that any vulnerable person, whether children, young people or adults, are protected and kept safe from harm while they are with volunteers in this club. In order to achieve this Maryhill Harriers will ensure that volunteers are carefully selected, screened, trained and supervised. (The Central Registered Body in Scotland (CRBS) policy on protecting children and /or adults at risk)

Selection: All members will complete a membership form.

Screening: Where relevant to the post, i.e. coaches, child protection and welfare officers as examples will be asked to agree to an appropriate disclosure. Disclosures will be requested, prior to the appointment being taken up.

Training: New members will receive induction training/information which will give an overview of the club to ensure they know/are aware of structure, policies, practice and opportunities available. Relevant training and support will be provided on an on-going basis. Training/information on specific areas such as health & safety procedures, identifying and reporting abuse, and confidentiality will be offered as a priority to new members and will be regularly reviewed.

Supervision: Members may receive regular feedback and support from the coaching team. There will always be two members (coaches and/or member who has had a disclosure check) running with the juniors and vulnerable adults.

It is the Maryhill Harriers aim to ensure that all individuals in the community are treated with dignity and respect. The Club can and will work in partnership with the medical/psychiatric services through exercise referral schemes to provide a safe, supportive environment that is conducive to the personal growth and development of a club member. The Club will also welcome carers/support workers to work together with the coaching staff to ensure that its members receive the best support possible.

Prior to joining, all club members will be assessed by a trained (enhanced disclosure checked) member of the coaching team to establish their fitness level. The member will then be invited to join the group that best suits their running ability. The Club will also ask new members to complete a membership form requiring medical and personal details; all information given will only be given out and shared with the relevant people as per the Data Protection Act.

Maryhill Harriers will ensure that all members/volunteers involved in recruitment, training and supervision, are aware of this policy and have received appropriate training and support to ensure its full implementation.

This policy has been adapted from The Central Registered Body in Scotland Policy on Protecting Children and/or Adults at Risk as recommended by Clubmark.

Review

  • This policy and these procedures will be regularly reviewed :
  • In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance or following any changes within Maryhill Harriers
  • In all other circumstances at least every three years (Updated April 2017 and due for review April 2020).