We are delighted to welcome Helen Aitken as the new Administration & Finance Officer with ScotSAC.
Helen comes to us from a background of office and financial management which will hopefully mean that she will get to grips with ScotSAC’s policies and procedures fairly quickly. She is going to spend a little bit of time with Kate before she starts, but please allow her some time to settle in and find her way around.
Her starting date is 22nd May and she will be working 30 hours per week over 5 days. Expect the answering machine to be on outwith the hours of 10.00.a.m. and 12.md and 13.00 – 15.00. Please also bear in mind that when she works late to cover NDC and Board meetings, she needs to take time back.
I hope you will give Helen a warm welcome.
After seven and a half years in post as Admin & Finance Officer and Operations Manager since October 2013, Kate has decided that it is time to move on to other challenges.
In addition to the daily tasks of membership processing, book keeping and all the other tasks which support the Board, the NDC and the members, Kate has been instrumental in many of the innovations in ScotSAC including our branding – the letter heads, standardising the logo and more recently the infographics, giving you information about where your branch sits in the organisation and how we are doing on training and recruiting members.
Kate will be very sorely missed, but we wish her well in her new challenges and hope that her experience with ScotSAC will prove useful to her in the future.
As the March/April issue of Scottish Diver magazine will have landed through your letterboxes by now, many of you will have seen that ScotSail are running a competition where you could win three places (normally £199pp) on its Dive Specific RYA PowerBoat Level 2 (Coastal/Tidal) Course!
Full details of the competition are on the ScotSail website, with the winning entry being drawn at random on Monday 10th April 2017 and the winner notified by e-mail. The winner can choose who will attend the course.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Regional Coaches, Instructors, Branch Committees, and Volunteers for all of your hard work and dedication to the sport over the last year. None of our achievements as an organisation, or as individual branches would be possible without you. Whether it be taking a nervous new diver in for their first experience of the underwater world, keeping branch operations running smoothly, or running or helping out at a national course or event, we couldn't do it without you. Thanks!
ScotSAC HQ will be closed from Monday 19th December 2016 through until 5th January 2017.
In light of recent media attention, we are aware that branches may have increased anxiety about child protection. If this is the case, you can contact ScotSAC's CPLO (Kate Jenkins: 0131 625 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Safeguarding in Sport at 0141 419 1156 for advice, guidance and help.
Our advice to branches with junior members would be to ensure that you have:
- A named contact for the co-ordination of child protection, with a role description, who has attended recommended training.
- A Child Protection Policy which reflects national guidelines, adopted by the Board / Executive / Management Committee.
- A Code of Conduct for working with children and young people.
- A variety of child protection training offered at appropriate levels for those working or volunteering with children and young people in sport.
- A procedure for the recruitment and selection of those who work with children and young people, including access to PVG Scheme Membership checks.
- A procedure for responding to concerns about the welfare or abuse of a child - within or out with sport.
- A disciplinary procedure for managing concerns and allegations of poor practice, misconduct and child abuse and includes provision for referrals to the Children’s List.
- A procedure for reviewing the management of concerns about poor practice, misconduct and / or child abuse.
If somebody raises child protection concerns in relation to an Instructor/volunteer who is currently practising then you should follow your ‘Responding to Concerns’ procedure. If it is a historical allegation then you should follow the same procedure and signpost the individual to Police Scotland on ‘101’. If you have a concern about a child’s immediate safety then this should be passed on to Police or Social Work. All of our Child Protection documents can be found on our website here.
We will shortly be running another Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop early next year. Attendance at a Safeguarding and Protecting workshop is mandatory for all Group 2 Instructors, BDOs and CPOs, and highly recommended for Group 3 Instructors, BDOs, and CPOs. Further details will be sent out in due course.