Welfare of the Vulnerable
A person aged over 18 is considered to be an adult and young people below that age are considered to be vulnerable - with the need for special attention to their care. Some adults may also be vulnerable and we must consider their welfare as well. It could be a lady playing in a mens team, someone not well, someone suffering from a personal situation at home or a person who may be mentally vulnerable - even if they appear fit and physically strong.
The British Octopush Association has adopted the document 'Welfare of vulnerable people' as a guide to anyone involved with underwater hockey who thinks they may have been involved in an unacceptable incident.
The document describes what may be considered as unacceptable behaviour, how to recognise signs of abuse - not necessarily carried out during an underwater hockey session, who to report an incident to and the ongoing procedure to expect from such a report. It also gives advice to club members on how to avoid any situation which may be considered inappropriate. Individual clubs may use this document for their own club purposes filling in the contact details for their own responsible persons.
The BOA reccommend that everybody reads this document so you are all aware of its contents before you may need to resort to it.
To contact the BOA's Welfare Officer please email welfare(at)gbuwh.co.uk. Please replace (at) with @.
For full details view the Welfare of vulnerable people document.
Updated by Phil Lawrence on 13/07/10