About us Policies Policies Equal Opportunities Statement from LYR Board of Trustees London Youth Rowing’s mission is to develop young people through physical activity and to open access to rowing at all levels. LYR works everyday to provide young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from participating in the sport of rowing. The Board of LYR recognise that it to deliver this mission effectively the organisation must be fundamentally committed to all aspects of equality and diversity. The Board of LYR is committed to building an environment that celebrates diversity and tackles all forms of discrimination. The Board recognises the positive strengths that arise from a diverse workforce and diverse leadership and will work proactively to achieve greater diversity throughout the organisation. LYR will not tolerate any form of discrimination at any level from the Board, through LYR’s executive leadership, to our coaches working directly with young people. The Board of LYR will ensure that the organisation has strong equal opportunities policies and procedures in place and investigate any incident or perception of discrimination. In order to ensure diversity and equality is embedded in everything LYR does, the Board must itself be suitably diverse. The Board will therefore ensure that diversity is a key consideration when recruiting new Directors, alongside ensuring they have the required skills and experience to provide effective oversight for the organisation. The Board will work towards achieving gender parity amongst its Directors, and has formally resolved to aim to maintain a minimum representation of 30% of each gender. The Board will also proactively work to achieve greater general diversity on the Board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and representation of those with disabilities. The Board will develop and adopt a Diversity Action Plan, which will include specific actions to be taken and detail agreed timeframes for completing them. The Board will publically report on progress against this plan at least annually. The Diversity Action Plan will be adopted by April 2018 at the latest. Looking after our young people At LYR, young people are our number one concern at all times. Ensuring their safety and well-being is our top priority. Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy London Youth Rowing is committed to : making the welfare of Children paramount. This means that the need to ensure that Children are protected is a primary consideration and may override the rights and needs of those adults working with them enabling everyone whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity to participate in rowing in a fun and safe environment taking all reasonable steps to protect Children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings taking seriously all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or Abuse and responding swiftly and appropriately to them in accordance with current procedures ensuring that all LYR employees, session coaches and volunteers who work with Children are appropriate for that role and responsibilities and provided with relevant training ensuring all LYR employees, session coaches and volunteers are DBS checked before they work with any group of young people linked to LYR recognising that Children and families from minority group backgrounds may face additional barriers to accessing help and reporting concerns in respect of safeguarding issues. In addition LYR has procedures in place to ensure the well-being of our young people. LYR has a Child Welfare officer responsible for developing and implementing all safeguarding policies and processes LYR conducts an enhanced DBS check on all staff coaches, session coaches and volunteers. In most cases prior to the commencement of their duties. LYR renew all it’s employees, session coaches and volunteers DBS checks every 3 years LYR requires staff, session coaches and volunteers to nominate 2 referees who can verify their status. All LYR staff, session coaches, volunteers, young people and parents in our on water clubs are required to sign an LYR code of conduct every year as part of their membership. All LYR staff have an annual review when their training is taken into consideration and appropriate courses are offered to them. LYR has procedures in place to show the steps to be followed to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are protected, that concerns are reported, listened to and acted on appropriately. LYR Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy will be reviewed annually or whenever there is new legislation. Download our full Safeguarding Policy, here. Please contact our Child Welfare Officer, Ruth Whyman on [email protected] with concerns or queries. And, for the Alternate Child Welfare Officer contact David Tinnion on [email protected].