Child Protection

The protection of children and vulnerable adults within sport is both a moral and legal obligation for every Governing Body and is something that the SFCA takes very seriously.

As part of its commitment to ensuring a safe environment for all participants the SFCA has made Child Protection a cornerstone of all of its Policies and Plans;

  • It conducts Enhanced Disclosure checks on and provides training to all staff, office bearers, coaches and volunteers.
  • It communicates its commitment to all members, clubs and partner organisations.

The content in this section should answer most of the questions that you have regarding Child Protection but if you need more information or advice please contact our Child Protection Officer at

Policy Statement

To affirm our commitment to the protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults within the sport of coarse angling in Scotland the SFCA has developed a clear Policy Statement to ensure that everyone involved in whatever capacity is aware of our position.

Child Protection Policy

The SFCA has a very comprehensive Child Protection Policy which provides direction, advice and guidance on all aspects of Child Protection and working with children within the sport of Coarse Angling. The content and principles within it should equally be applied to any vulnerable adults within our sport.

SFCA Child Protection Policy(PDF)

Code of Practice for Safeguarding Children in Coarse Angling

All SFCA staff, coaches and volunteers who’s duties bring them into regular contact with children or vulnerable adults are required to read, sign and abide by the Code of Practice for Safeguarding Children in Coarse Angling which can be found by following the link below:

Code of Practice for Safeguarding Children in Coarse Angling

Responding to Concerns

How to Report or Respond to Concerns raised about Child Protection issues.

Child Protection Officer Contact Details

If you require any further information regarding Child Protection issues including;

  • Training
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme
  • Working with or Travelling with Children
  • Reporting Concerns
  • or simply finding your way round our Policy

Contact the SFCA Child Protection Officer at

If you have difficulty in reaching the Child Protection Officer, the Chairman can be reached at or on his mobile (07812 241816).

Emergency Contacts

The following link takes you to a page on the Children1st website where you will find police or out-of-hours social work contact details in your local authority area.

Emergency Numbers

‘With Scotland’ Advice site

Remember that you can call them for advice if you have a child protection concern. These agencies should be involved if a child has been harmed or is at serious risk of harm.

Recruitment Procedures

The SFCA takes great care in ensuring that the individuals accepted into posts within the Federation are appropriately qualified, vetted, interviewed and where applicable Disclosure Checked for the duties that they will be expected to undertake.  For this reason the SFCA applies the same recruitment policy and procedures to all applicants, irrespective of the post that they are applying for.  These procedures can be found at the following link:

Recruitment: Procedures for the Recruitment and Selection of Staff/Volunteers in Regulated Work with Children and Vulnerable Adults

Apply to become a Volunteer SFCA Volunteer Application Form (MS Word)

Child Protection Training

Information about the recommended Child Protection Training for coaches, club officials and volunteers.


Safe in Care Guideline

The SFCA has developed the guidance in this document in conjunction with children1st in order to both assist clubs and volunteers in safeguarding the children and vulnerable adults in their care during normal routine activities and whilst traveling.

Safe in Care Guidelines


Further Information

More information about Child Protection can be found at (New Window).

Information about Safeguarding and other child protection issues is available direct from children1st via their Advice Line. Safeguarding in Sport – Advice is closer than you think (MS Word 1.4Mb)