Child Protection Policy

Plymouth Fencing Club Welfare

Duty of Care and Child Protection Policy
Plymouth Fencing Club recognises its responsibility for the safety of all its members, and to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk entrusted to the clubs care.
The welfare of children (i.e. those under the age of 18) and adults at risk is everybody’s business, particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse – administrators, coaches, parents, friends, even children themselves can help and have a responsibility to keep children safe. All children and adults at risk, regardless of age, disability, race, religious belief, and sexual identity have a right to be protected from abuse.

Child Protection Policy

Plymouth Fencing Club is guided by and compliant with the welfare and child protection policies laid down by British fencing:

Adults At Risk Policy

An adult at risk is not defined by disability as any adult in their lifetime given a particular circumstance can be described as ‘at risk’. Further information can be
found in the ‘Adults At Risk Policy’ British Fencing:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

As outlined by British Fencing it is club policy that any individual over the age of 16 who has regular contact with young people, for example coaching, referee,armourer, and volunteers, to be criminal records checked. This is undertaken by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).
Our Coaches have attended recognised child protection in sport training and are DBS checked and are on the British Fencing coach register:
Our nominated club welfare officer is:
Sarah Budden
Telephone: 07444 549387
Or contact the British Fencing Equality and Safeguarding Manager
Liz Behnke on 07717740125 or for urgent issues 07526003030


Our club is family orientated and we are committed to providing a friendly, nurturing, safe environment for all members. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated and all members should feel that they are able to tell the coaches, fencing leaders, the welfare officer or a trusted adult of any incidents. Reported incidents will be taken seriously and dealt with promptly and effectively.
For more information see the following British Fencing links:
For young people:

Codes of Conduct

Plymouth Fencing Club has adopted British Fencing’s codes of conduct for coaches, parents, carers and young people.

Photographic and Video Policy

Photography and videoing can play an important part in a fencer’s journey whether it be memories of a first fencing kit, first tournament or for training purposes.
It is important to remember that no image can be taken of any child or young person without their consent and the consent of the parent or carer.
It may not be published without clear purpose of its intent and must not cause any embarrassment to the individual. Please make sure permission is sought by the
individual and the coaches before any photography or videoing is taken i.e. within the sports hall, club competitions and camps. The club membership form incorporates a tick box for opting out of any photography or videoing.
First Aid
Our coaches are First Aid qualified and have access to first aid kits. All fencers must complete a membership form including the contact details of parents, carers, and In Case of Emergency numbers (ICE). Club coaches must be informed of any medical conditions of young people at the club where appropriate.
Useful links: