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Safeguarding Policy







ABRIDGED VERSION (Full Version available in Club House for All to see)

Maltravers Bowling Club is committed to uphold the rules and regulations of Bowls England as the governing body of the sport. To this end we adopt the following policies adapted from Bowls England. Where there is any doubt as to the correct interpretation, Bowls England regulations will be taken into consideration.


This Code of Ethics is underpinned by a number of policies guiding the way we behave including:

  • Bowls England Safeguarding
  • Bowls England Equality Policy
  • Bowls England Whistle Blowing Policy
  • Bowls England Anti-Doping Policy



There are expected minimum standards of Behaviour and Conduct. All individuals will, at all times act in accordance with the Bowls England Code of Conduct. The following generic items are noted:

  • Respect the spirit of fairness in bowls. This is more than participating within the rules – it also incorporates the concepts        of friendship, respect for others and always participating with the right spirit.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
  • Promote the reputation of the sport of bowls and take all possible steps to prevent it from being brought into disrepute.
  • Protect themselves and others involved in the sport of bowls from verbal or physical abuse
  • and threatening or intimidating behaviour
  • Never use inappropriate language or gestures.


Compliance: Anyone who does not meet the minimum expected standards as set out in the Code of Ethics could face disciplinary action in accordance with Bowls England Regulation No 9.

Every member upon joining, and thereafter, is deemed to have notice of and undertakes to comply with, the Club Policies and Constitution.

All disciplinary matters will be dealt with in accordance with Bowls England Regulations (Misconduct). Please see the Club Disciplinary Procedure for more details.

Should any member be expelled, the former member shall not be entitled to have any part of the annual membership fee refunded and must return any property belonging to the Club.



Maltravers Bowls Club affiliates to the National Governing Body and the Club recognises the policies of their Governing Body as set out in the “Safeguarding Bowls Guidelines”. Our policy will be communicated to all members and clearly displayed within the Club premises for all members and visitors.


Policy Aims

  • The purpose of this policy is to outline the duty and responsibility  of all members of Maltravers Bowling Club in relation to Safeguarding Adults at Risk.
  • All adults have the right to be safe from harm and must be able to live free from fear of abuse, neglect and exploitation.



  • Everyone who participates in bowls is entitled to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.
  • The Club is committed to helping everyone in bowls accept their responsibility to safeguard adults at risk from harm and abuse.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • All members working with adults at risk in bowls have a responsibility to report concerns to the Club's Safeguarding Officer.


Definition of an Adult at Risk

  •  Adult at Risk is a person 18 or over who is in need of care and support regardless of whether they are receiving them, and because of this are unable to protect themselves against abuse or neglect. In recent years, there has been a marked shift away from using the term “vulnerable” to describe adults potentially at risk from harm or abuse.
  • Abuse is a violation of an individual's human and civil rights by another person or persons.
  • Adult is anyone aged 18 or over.
  • Adult Safeguarding is protecting a person's right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
  • Capacity refers to the ability to make a decision at a particular time, for example when under considerable stress. The starting assumption must always be that a person has the capacity to make a decision unless it can be established that they lack that capacity.



Responsibilities and Communication

  • The Maltravers Bowls Club Safeguarding Policy will be available to all members. It is important that adults at risk are protected from abuse. All complaints, allegations or suspicions must be taken seriously with the Club Safeguarding Officer passing information to the appropriate NGB Safeguarding Officer and informing the appropriate club members where relevant.
  • The Club has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including referring any appropriate disciplinary action to the National Governing body as appropriate.


Monitoring and Review

This policy has been reviewed in April 2020, due to be reviewed again in April 2023 and then every three years or in response to significant new legislation by the Management Committee and amended as appropriate, or with guidance from Bowls National Governing Bodies as part of the review process.

Safeguarding Officer: Linda May Tel 01903 772849 or mobile: 07397613531

Safeguarding Commitee: Dave Dyball