I am aware that this is an old thread, but I've only just read it. I was a bit concerned myself about the issues, and I've discussed the matter with more knowledgable members than myself, of our section committee.
I asked CTC for details, and the following correspondence is what I received. It concerns me that child protection seems to be considered part of the welfare officer's role at section committee level. It also concerns me that even the CTC's Welfare Officer does not appear to have full and proper guidelines available to him.
Matters of child protection can range, in this day and age, from basic responsible common sense - of the kind normally exercised in the days when the CTC was "This great family of ours" to extremely onerous responsibilities, for which training is necessary and appropriate.
Anyone following this thread may like to see the correspondence between myself and the welfare Officer - I will keep the thread posted.
The thing is, that if senior officers at HQ are not given better guidlines, that local runs leaders/secretarys can't be blamed if everything is not entirely clear to them, and they err on the side of caution.
Thank you for your reply XXXX.
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I have a copy of the (Very, very) brief "CTC Welfare Officer Guidelines". This refers to the complaints procedure, of which I also have a copy.
I have also printed off "CTC National Council (Cycling Development Committee). Children and Young Persons Participation Policy - Recreational Cycling. Version 1.0 July 2003
You tell me that you cannot find the child policies yourself, which of course doesn't help.
You suggest that the Welfare Officer's role subsumes child protection matters, which is potentially very onerous indeed. If there are no CTC guidelines then it isn't surprising that some sections apparently won't accept junior riders, even though they may historically have junior cups!
So far, as welfare officer for our section (CTC Calderdale) and our DA (CTC West Yorkshire DA) I have involved myself in hospital visiting and get well soon cards - and one incident involving an Audax issue but which is confidential.
If it is expected that Welfare Officers should get involved in child protection issues, then the rules need to be comprehensive, available, produced by some learned body or other, and officers need to be very well trained and fully indemnified by the CTC. To make the sweeping statement that we are responsible for Child Protection matters, and all that could potentially involve, is not acceptable for amateurs.
Our next section committee meeting is on 20th June, and I'd like to be able to report to them.
Sent: 06 June 2012 10:57
To: 'John WXXXX'
XXXX forwarded your email to me.
I am the CTC welfare officer, unfortunately we do not have a JD for this role,
though it might now be appropriate to create one.
The welfare officer is really the port of call for the following:
child protection, unless there is a separate CP officer role
if any discrimination issues occur
You need to be available to listen to any queries on the above subjects. All members need to know your details and be able to contact you at any time.
As far as child procedures are concerned, we do have them, (for all procedure related queries contact Julie Rand here).http://www.ctc.org.uk/resources/Resourc ... 281%29.doc
has a small descriptu=ion of the role of the welfare officer.http://www.ctc.org.uk/resources/Go_Biki ... vities.doc
about diversity.http://www.ctc.org.uk/resources/Go_Biki ... rtForm.doc
welfare officer guidelines
hmm, I cannot find the child policies
, but basically:
under 14 can only come with an adult accompanying
14 to 16 (inc) with a consent form and support from the ride leader
16 plus, support from the ride leader.
In all cases the member group needs to be aware of this and what is happening. The committee must take a controlling role and inform all members that the discussion must happen before hand and the ride leader must be aware and willing.
I hope that is clear.
Please feel free to email me with any more queries.
Senior Cycle Training Officer
CTC the national cyclists' organisation