Bowls England are committed to safeguarding all those who participate in our sport, ensuring they can do so in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment. Their aim is to enable all their clubs and county associations to provide safe environments for all participants. Bowls England’s safeguarding function works in collaboration with The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), The English Indoor Bowls Association (EIBA), English Short Mat Bowling Association (ESMBA), The British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA), English Bowling Federation (EBF) and Disability Bowls. England (DBE).
All categories of Bowls England membership, as a qualification of membership, must adopt the Safeguarding Policies and Guidelines (or any subsequent policy) as approved by Bowls England. This requirement must be included in all club and county constitutions.
Burnham Hillside Bowls Club Policy statement in its Constitution reads as follows:
Burnham Hillside Bowls Club believes everyone has the right to live free from abuse (including bullying) or neglect regardless of age, ability or disability, sex, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, marital or gender status. We are committed to create and maintaining a safe and positive environment and an open, listening culture where people feel able to share concerns without fear of retribution.
BHBC acknowledge that safeguarding is everybody's responsibility and are committed to prevent abuse and neglect through safeguarding the welfare of all members involved in bowls and its club. Physical and mental health, well-being, ability, disability and need for care and support can affect a person's resilience. We recognise that some people experience barriers, for example, communication in raising concerns or seek help. We recognise that all these factors can vary at different points in people's lives.
Safeguarding Officers are currently recommended within all affiliated clubs, this is currently recommended but the role will become compulsory as a condition of affiliation for all clubs by 2025.
Burnham Hillside Bowls Club are pleased to report that one of our members, Tony Rowling, has agreed to be our clubs Safeguarding Officer. He can be contacted in person or by phone on 07944077996. In due course it is hoped to add a female Safeguarding officer from our members.
To see the Job Description of a Safeguarding officer click on the link below: