Sailing provides opportunities for enjoyment and achievement; it can develop qualities such as self esteem, leadership and teamwork, as well as physical benefits. Providing young people with a positive sailing experience means that they will be more likely to achieve their true potential.
Every young person has the right to have fun and to be safe and free from harm. As a parent / legal guardian you should feel comfortable with the environment that your child is in and able to ask questions about the club, structure, people, policies and practices.
Questions to consider
Are the coaches qualified?
All coaches/leaders are recommended to hold an up-to-date RYA recognised Coaching/Leadership qualifications which is appropriate to the level of activity being instructed.
Do the coaches have the appropriate training?
All coaches/leaders working with young people are strongly advised to attend a Sports Coach UK Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop and hold a first aid certificate.
Are the coaches and club personnel suitable to work with young people?
All coaches and volunteers who regularly cares for, trains, supervises or is in sole charge of young people should have Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced Disclosure with Children’s Barred List check).
If you feel concerned or worried about your child and need some advice, you can contact the Club Welfare Officer and explain your concerns. The Club Welfare Officer will then speak with the RYA lead Officer, if appropriate. All concerns will be treated in the strictest confidence, with only the people who can help the situation becoming involved. All Afloat reports through the RYA Cymru Wales reporting section.
If you are looking for guidance please see the web links for parents below. These websites can provide parents and carers with information and support.
Always ensure that as a parent/Carer you:
- arrange for your child to be dropped off and picked up promptly from the club
- contact the club if you are running late to collect your child
- adhere to the rules of the club
- adhere to the Codes of conduct within the club accept the guidance that coaches provide
- use appropriate language at all times
- never force your child to participate
You can help your child become a strong competitor in a safe environment by:
- Emphasising and rewarding effort rather than outcome.
- Understanding that your child may need a break from sports occasionally.
- Encouraging and guiding your child, not forcing or pressuring them to compete.
- Emphasising the importance of having fun, learning new skills, and developing skills.
- Showing interest in their participation in sports, asking questions.
- Realising that your attitude and behaviours influences your child’s performance.
Parents and Carers websites:
www.stopitnow.org.uk – Stop it now aims to prevent child sexual abuse by raising awareness and encouraging early recognition and responses to the problem by abusers themselves and those close to them
thinkyouknow.co.uk – Protecting your child online
www.frg.org.uk – Family Rights Group offers a confidential, independent telephone advice service that supports parents and other family members whose children are involved with, or need, social care services
www.fflag.org.uk – National voluntary organisation of parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons which seek to promote the well-being of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, their families and friends
www.bullying.co.uk – Family Lives is a charity that has over three decades of experience in helping parents deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life