Safeguarding Policy

Oxford Fencing Club aims to encourage younger members to enjoy their sport, and to develop their skills in a supportive environment. The statement below describes the club’s key expectations for behaviour and the measures it will take to ensure junior members participate in the best possible conditions. The club considers junior members to be those aged under 18.
We aim to comply with best-practice as defined by British Fencing, the sport’s governing body in the United Kingdom. Our coaching staff are DBS checked and must have up-to-date safeguarding qualifications and first-aid certificates. The club also elects a Welfare officer to its committee who is the first point of contact for concerns regarding safeguarding and welfare.
Further information about British Fencing’s welfare policy is available at their website: http://www.britishfencing.com/governance/welfare/.

 

Junior Member Responsibilities

  • Parents and carers are ultimately responsible for the safety and behavior of junior members during club sessions.
  • Oxford Fencing Club will take all reasonable measures to ensure that fencing and organized training activities during its sessions are conducted safely.
  • Participants should wear the appropriate protective clothing while fencing.
  • The club expects junior members to participate in training activities organized during sessions unless they are fencing or having a lesson with a coach.
  • The club reserves the right to exclude any member whose behavior is unsafe or otherwise unacceptable from an activity, from a club session, or from the club altogether. Malicious damage to club equipment or the property of the school will be treated with the greatest seriousness.
  • Children not participating in fencing or other related training may only attend the club if accompanied by an adult at all times, even if they are members.
  •  No junior fencer aged 13 or below who is not a member of the club may attend unaccompanied by a parent/carer.
  • The club’s officers and coaches will oversee fencing and training activities to ensure that safety guidelines are followed and behavioral standards are maintained.
  • Concerns regarding safety and the behavior of club members should be addressed to the coaches, the welfare officer or a member of the committee.