Welfare and safeguarding

The good care of your children is our number one priority. We want our club members to have fun in a safe environment.

Bigfoot Youth CC’s commitment to you:

  • Our coaches and helpers are CRB-checked through British Cycling, and our coaches and Club Welfare Officer have undertaken training on safeguarding children. Your children will always be under the supervision of a trained and CRB-checked responsible adult.

  • We will not allow your child to take part in riding activities if we feel that their bike is unsafe or if they do not wear a helmet. Similarly we will not allow your child to be endangered by another child’s unsafe bike.

  • Although will always encourage our riders to develop their riding skills and confidence, no one is required to take part in any activity or exercise that they do not wish to.

  • The nature of cycling means that accidents do happen from time to time. In the event of an accident we will ensure that appropriate first aid is provided by a qualified first-aider, or that appropriate action is taken for more serious injuries. Any accidents or injuries will be recorded, and you will be notified.

  • We will always appoint a Club Welfare Officer, whose role is to promote and support the implementation of British Cycling’s policy on good practice and child protection. More information about our Club Welfare Officer can be found below.

  • Bigfoot Youth CC has adopted British Cycling’s policy and procedures for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, which can be downloaded below.

Club Welfare Officers

Children and young people involved in sport have a right to have fun and be safe.

The role of our Club Welfare Officers is crucial in ensuring that the club's approach to the children's welfare and protection works in practice. The Club Welfare Officer acts as the first point of contact for anyone in the club (staff, volunteer, parents and children) who has a concern about a child or about poor practice or possible abuse by adults working with children.

All our Club Welfare Officers have attended a Sports Coach UK accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course and have a Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) which is a government agency that provides criminal record searches of UK citizens to help organisations, such as British Cycling, make safer recruitment decisions for employees and volunteers in positions of trust.

If you have any concerns about club conduct our welfare officers are the first point of contact. You can either speak to one of our officers,or send an email to welfare@bigfootyouth.cc


Child Protection Policy