Bracknell Forest Gamers aims to provide as safe an environment possible for all attendees at a club meeting must follow and all members must agree to conform to.
1.1 Bracknell Forest Gamers welcome children to take part in the Hobby.
1.2 Guest of the Bracknell Forest Gamers must be a minimum age of 14 years of age or older.
1.3 Bracknell Forest Gamers recognise that gamers under the age of 14 may wish to attend, and are welcomed as long as
The gamer is over the age of 12 years
Is accompanied by an adult (18+).
1.4 Children are a part of our community and need to receive special support and protection. `
1.5 Bracknell Forest Gamers accept their responsibility towards children in general, and particularly those with whom we come into direct contact.
1.6 All children will be offered equal opportunity to take part in the hobby, except on grounds of health and safety. No discrimination is tolerated on any grounds.
2.0 Child Abuse
2.1 Abuse towards children, either physical or psychological is totally unacceptable to the membership of Bracknell Forest Gamers. It will not be tolerated or condoned.
2.2 Complaints from or regarding the treatment of children will be treated seriously and given fair investigation by the Bracknell Forest Gamers club Committee.
2.3 Any person found abusing a child while serving as a Bracknell Forest Gamer representative will be suspended instantly
3.0 Child Protection
3.1 Bracknell Forest Gamers is fully committed to the protection of children from all forms of child abuse.
3.2 This Child Protection Policy forms the basis for the protection of children, which is the full responsibility of all club members with in Bracknell Forest Gamers.
3.3 Bracknell Forest Gamers is committed to encouraging a protective culture within the hobby to protect children.
4.1 Bracknell Forest Gamers follows a Code of Practice indicating the proper procedures for the good lobbying.
4. 2 As part of the Code of Practice, Bracknell Forest Gamers operates a disagreement procedure. This is detailed in the Code of Practice, section 3.
4.3 In addition, the Club Members are required to uphold the following Grievance Procedure for issues arising from mental or physical abuse, most notably of children:
4.3.1 Any accusation of abuse between members of Bracknell Forest Gamers must be referred to the Club Committee.
4.3.2 If the Club Committee is unable to investigate the grievance, or if personally involved in it, the matter will be referred to an independent body.
4.3.3 If the grievance is deemed to be real, the matter must be immediately referred to the police authorities for investigation.
4.3.4 Members of Bracknell Forest Gamers will cooperage with the police investigation in any way that is reasonable.
4.3.5 Both the accused and the accuser will have their membership suspended until the police investigation and any court proceedings are complete. Refer to the Code of Practice section 3.
5.0 Club Officials Disclosure Checks
5.1 All Club Officials must submit themselves for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure checks.
5.2 Members unwilling to undergo these checks will not be permitted to act as a Club Official and will not be used by the Club for any official position.
5.3 The full procedures of the CRB Disclosure checks can be obtained from the club committee
5.4 If an official is deemed a threat to children through the Disclosure check they will immediately be suspended under the Code of Practice section 3.
5.5 Officials are allowed to continue their duties during the period during which a Disclosure check is ongoing. They will be considered in a probationary period.
5.6 Probationary officials must always be accompanied by non-probationary officials at club meetings until the Disclosure check is complete.
5.7 Once the Disclosure check clears an official they become a non-probationary official