Safeguarding Policy

Last updated: Tue 23 Feb 2021

Guildford Orienteers: Safeguarding Information and Guidelines.

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Extract from the British Orienteering Federation’s safeguarding publication, O-Safe - A Guide to Child Welfare:
“British Orienteering believes that the welfare of young people is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting young people from abuse. However, it is important to remember that it is not the responsibility of those working in orienteering to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility to act upon and report any concerns.”

Guildford Orienteers (GO) is committed to the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults (here referred to as young people) whilst under the supervision of GO at all times, within both the GO junior training group (GO Bananas) or at public events.

The club has adopted the British Orienteering Federation’s (BOF) safeguarding policy and good practice guidelines as published in the document: “O-Safe: A Guide to Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults in Orienteering.” As a result, GO accepts the following responsibilities:

GO: Safeguarding Guidelines

1. GO safeguarding responsibilities

2. GO safeguarding guidelines

2.1 Orienteering Events

2.2 Volunteers and coaches

2.3 Adult:Child ratios

2.4 First Aid

2.5 Photographs

2.6 Transportation

2.7 Parent/Carer Responsibilities

3. GO Code of Conduct - Volunteers

4. GO Code of Conduct - Parents/Carers and Young People

5. Safeguarding Links

O-Safe – A Guide to Child Welfare - A 3-page document providing key information for everyone involved in the sport of orienteering. Published by BOF.

O-Safe – A Guide to Safeguarding the Welfare of Children & Vulnerable Adults - A 42-page comprehensive document containing BOF safeguarding policy and good practice guidelines. Published by BOF.

Find the O-Safe document along with general information at “About British Orienteering”: 

O-Safe – Forms - referred to by O-Safe and GO Safeguarding Guidelines documents. Find the forms online at:


Call for advice: 

British Orienteering Lead Child Welfare Officer: 01629 583 037. NSPCC: 0800 800 5000. ChildLine: 08001111.