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O-SAFE

Club Welfare Officer: Paul Jones () Conact number 01244 660819

British Orienteering O-Safe Policy here.

British Orienteering safeguarding email address safeguarding@britishorienteering.org.uk

A YOUNG PERSONS GUIDE TO CHILD PROTECTION

You have rights - sport should be fun. You should feel safe and enjoy your sport. You can't do that if you feel unhappy - if someone is bullying you.

KEEPING SAFE

  • Avoid being alone with just one person.
  • Avoid travelling in someone else's car by yourself; travel with a friend or someone you can trust.
  • Avoid going to other peoples' homes alone.
  • Carry a mobile phone, phone card or change.

IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF SOMETHING IS WRONG?

Something is wrong if someone:

  • constantly teases you, shouts at you or calls you names
  • Threatens, kicks or punches you
  • Touches you or does anything that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Makes suggestive remarks or tries to make you do things you don't want to
  • Damages or steals your belongings
  • Does anything that makes you feel lonely, upset, worried, unsafe, hurt or embarrassed.

If something is wrong:

  • Be firm and tell the person to stop - attract attention by making a noise, use your whistle.
  • Get away quickly, go to a public place to find help or call the Police (999).
  • Tell someone you know or you can trust, e.g. a parent or a friend, as soon as possible so they can help you.
  • Keep a note of the date, time and place, what happened, how you felt and the name of anyone who might have seen what happened.

SOCIAL MEDIA - A NOTE FROM BRITISH ORIENTEERING TO YOUNG ORIENTEERS

Young orienteers are reminded to set their social media privacy settings and not accept requests either from people unknown to them or to other adults involved in orienteering.

If a young person is concerned with anything they have seen on the internet they are advised to speak to their club welfare officer.

Whether you're a child, young person, parent or carer, familiarise yourself with our top tips for young people to stay safe online:

  1. Stop & think before you post messages online. Cyber-bullying includes sending hurtful messages, name calling, making threats, using abusive language or targeting someone because they are different.
  2. Never give out your personal details online (eg. phone number; address; bank details; your real name on sites where you are only known by a different username).
  3. Remember - if you haven't met someone in person, they are a stranger; never arrange to meet people you don't know.
  4. Don't go into adult chat rooms; how can you be sure who you are talking to?
  5. If you see something on a website that upsets you, turn off the screen and tell an adult you trust; you can also call ChildLine on 0800 1111.
  6. Only use a webcam if you have told an adult you trust first.
  7. Don't engage in sexual talk online; you have no way of knowing who you are really talking to.
  8. Never post intimate photos or videos of yourself online; have you considered where it could end up?
  9. If you think you are being cyber-bullied or blackmailed, tell an adult you trust or contact ChildLine on 0800 1111.

IF YOU NEED HELP CALL YOUR CLUB WELFARE OFFICER OR USE THE 24 HR FREE HELP LINES: CHILDLINE 0800 11 11 - NSPCC 0800 800 5000

 
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