BSAC/BUDC Welfare Policy for children and vulnerable adults

BSAC takes its safeguarding duty very seriously regarding the safety and well-being of children participating in the activities of snorkelling and diving.  BUDC (which is a BSAC club) have appointed a Club Welfare Officer.  Our policy regarding training of children is that we will not normally train anyone under the age of 14.  Anyone under 18 years old would normally have to be accompanied by a diving parent at all times.

Buddy Guard is the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy and Procedures. Buddy Guard has been written in line with the current safeguarding legalisation and guidance.  The full document can be viewed via this link:  BUDDY GUARD doc


1.  Who is Buddy Guard aimed at?

The info provided is for all:

  • Club Officers
  • Instructors
  • Members
  • Members’ Parents / Carers

2.  Does our club need a club welfare officer (CWO) if we are an adult only club or do not have any children or young people under the age of 18 as current members? 

The role of a CWO is primarily:

  • to promote good practice within the club
  • to be a named point of contact for students, parents/carers, instructors and volunteers
  • to understand BSAC reporting procedures in case a concern is raised

 3.  Does BSAC have guidelines on safe recruitment and selection procedures?

Yes, BUDDY GUARD covers this. See section 3, which includes advice on Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

[DBS was formed in Dec 2012 from a merger between the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).]

Other documents provided by BSAC on the subject:

IntroInfo sheet for club branchBSAC Safeguarding policy statementEquality & Diversity policy
Mobile Phones & Social Networking SitesPhotography & Video guidancePhotography consent formStaffing Supervision ratios
Anti-BullyingMissing Child guidanceChanging Room guidanceLate Collection of Children
Whistle-BlowingTransport & Trips AwayChild Safeguarding referral form


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