MVH Child Protection



  1. Children and young people(1) competing at Molesey Veteran Head can expect to participate in a safe and enjoyable environment.
  2. The Organising Committee of Molesey Veteran Head believes that the welfare and well-being of all children is paramount. All children, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or ability, have equal rights to safety and protection. All suspicions, concerns and allegations of harm will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  3. Molesey Veteran Head complies with the BRITISH ROWING policy on child protection, “Good Practice in Rowing.”(2) Competing clubs and schools are required, by BRITISH ROWING rules, to be affiliated to the BRITISH ROWING and are also required to comply with this policy.
  4. Club or school coaches, teachers or junior co-ordinators are responsible for the safety and welfare of their junior competitors at all times and they, or a designated substitute is expected to be available at the regatta while their crews are present.
  5. Molesey Veteran Head officials, sponsors, volunteers, staff employed by service providers, e.g. catering, and the press and publicity agencies, do not generally have direct contact with, nor authority over, children.  However, each will be informed of their responsibility for vigilance and to report inappropriate behaviour.
  6. Anyone observing apparent child abuse or inappropriate behaviour should report it to Race Control who will immediately inform the Welfare Officer who will respond to the matter according to “Row-Safe”. This policy is incorporated in the Molesey Veteran Head regulations and will be publicised at the Molesey Veteran Head.
  7. The Molesey Veteran Head committee carries out a thorough risk assessment each year and the THAMES ROWING COUNCILvets its procedures and regulations. This ensures as far as realistically possible that the safety of juniors is assured.
  8. Once on the water, all rowers are subject to the Molesey Veteran Head water safety rules and to the BRITISH ROWING Rules of Racing which are implemented by BRITISH ROWING qualified umpires.


The regatta welfare officer is: Anne O’Connor.

The role of the Welfare Officer is:

  • To be fully conversant with the BRITISH ROWING Good Practice in Rowing policy.
  • To ensure that British Rowing requirements (as paragraph [5] above) is included in the regulations and instructions to crews, the event programme and displayed prominently at the Molesey Veteran Head.
  • To advise the Molesey Veteran Head organising Committee on child protection issues during the organisation and hosting of the event.
  • To ensure that mechanisms are in place to ensure all Molesey Veteran Head officials, volunteers, service providers and others are advised of the Child Protection policy.
  • To attend the Molesey Veteran Head and to deal with any incidents according to the above policy.
  • To liaise with the BRITISH ROWING Child Protection Officer and other agencies, as required.


Chapter Four of BRITISH ROWING Good Practice in Rowing states:

“It is not the responsibility of anyone working under the auspices of the BRITISH ROWING or in a member club, whether in a paid or a voluntary capacity, to decide whether or not child abuse is taking place. However, there is a responsibility to inform appropriate agencies of possible abuse so that they can then make inquiries and take any necessary action to protect the child.”

The key points to follow when responding to suspicions or allegations of abuse, as set out in Good Practice in Rowing are:

* Respond swiftly
* React calmly
* Reassure
* Receive evidence
* Record
* Report

(1) Anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a child/young person.
(2) Chapter 4, Responding to suspicions and allegations in BRITISH ROWING Good Practice in Rowing.

Reviewed 11th January 2018