Braille Chess Association ("BCA")
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It is the policy of the BCA to ensure the welfare of Vulnerable Persons by protecting them from physical or emotional harm, bullying and sexual harassment. The BCA also recognises that individuals not normally regarded as Vulnerable Persons can feel intimidated or threatened if subject to the kind of behaviour described above, and it is the BCAs policy that they should also be protected from harm. While it is natural that the Committee should take the lead in these matters, non-committee members have an important part to play in ensuring that the aims of this policy are achieved.
The roles of Accredited Coaches may involve a considerable degree of contact with Vulnerable Persons. In general, the type of work will involve regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of such people.
It is the policy of the BCA that it will only employ coaches who are extremely well known to the BCA or who have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Scheme clearance together with a suitable independent reference. The same qualifying criteria will also apply to arbiters and to the duly appointed Leader of any official BCA party or team attending a non-BCA event within the United Kingdom or abroad.
The guidelines in Section A, B and C are primarily aimed at those acting in an official capacity on behalf of the BCA at a BCA organised event, or as the Leader of a BCA party or team attending a non-BCA event within the United Kingdom or abroad. The guidelines in Section D are concerned with more day-to-day activities.
A) If you suspect a Vulnerable Person is being abused:
B) If a Vulnerable Person tells you about abuse by someone else:
C) If you receive any allegation of abuse about any adult or about yourself:
The BCA official will take action which may include contacting the social services or the police; the same applies in scenarios covered in sections A and B of this policy.
The BCA official will also submit a report to the BCA Secretary. The Committee will begin its investigations on receipt of such a report. They cannot be expected to commence any formal investigation or disciplinary proceedings based purely on rumour.
D) If you suspect or are informed that a Vulnerable Person is being abused in the course of more day-to-day activities of the sort listed at the start of this policy, or if you are the victim of such behaviour:
Code of Conduct
When dealing with a complaint, BCA officials and/or the committee should follow the guidelines below.
Corporal punishment (smacking, slapping or shaking) is illegal and therefore must never be used. It is permissible to take necessary physical action in an emergency to prevent personal injury, either to the Vulnerable Person, other participants or adults, or damage to property.
Participants should not be shouted at directly, though raising of the voice is permissible in instances where it is necessary to be heard, and those tasked with carrying out disciplinary proceedings within the BCA must be allowed to be direct and uncompromising when doing so.
An explanation of any decision reached should be provided both to anyone who makes a complaint and the subject of any complaint.
When dealing with a complaint about the behaviour of a vulnerable person:
Where unacceptable behaviour does take place, appropriate sanctions, decided by a consensus of responsible people, should be applied to modify the behaviour.
Sanctions applied to each case should take account of the age and stage of development of the Vulnerable Person, be given at the right time, be relevant to the action and be fair.
The participant must always be told why the behaviour is unacceptable and the reasons for applying a particular sanction.
Behaviours worth bearing in mind
The aims of this policy should be achieved if the following good advice is borne in mind both by committee and non-committee members.
Last reviewed in May 2018
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