Date last amended: 11 August 2021
The Climbing Clan recognise anyone under the age of 18 years old as a child (The Children Act 1989), and therefore appropriate measures have been revised and put in place to accept under 18s to the club.
The Climbing Clan recognise the importance of safety to vulnerable individuals and therefore protective measures have been put in place.
The following measures are in accordance with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).
The Climbing Clan recognise that whilst the under 18 is accompanied by their parent, guardian, or person acting in loco parentis in any of the club’s climbing and weekend events, the selected Leaders of the trip do not have to be DBS checked.
Furthermore, best practice will be maintained at all times and safeguarding and child protection measures will follow in place.
The activity of climbing is dangerous, with many risks involved, however The Climbing Clan recognise the importance of making climbing accessible to under 18s.
To promote and provide an opportunity to participate in climbing, mountaineering and hill walking activities and to actively give non-climbers the opportunity to try climbing are some of the main objectives of The Climbing Clan.
To make climbing trips accessible and fun for under 18s, the club have outlined the following.
The Leaders of a climbing trip may be selected independently according to the nature and dynamic of the group. Leaders may partake in supervising their own child in an under 18 specified trip.
Not being welcome on an under 18 designated trip is and should not be seen as any suggestion of negative character traits.
Under 18s may be invited to age appropriate social events with permission and consent of their parent, guardian, or person acting in loco parentis.
Under 18s must be accompanied and supervised during the social event by their parent, guardian, or person acting in loco parentis.
The Climbing Clan understands that participants in any climbing activity, weekend event and/or social event organised by The Climbing Clan, should have the accessibility of marking a concern and/or complaint.
All complaints/concerns regarding the behaviour of Members should be presented and submitted in writing to the club’s Designated Safeguarding Officer (currently the Secretary). These could also be present to the President, Chair, or another member of the Exec Committee.
The complaint/concern will be dealt with following the club’s procedure for such matters. The Committee has the power by following the clubs procedures to take appropriate disciplinary action including the termination of membership.