Statement regarding historic child abuse claims
As you will no doubt be aware, there have been a number of recent articles reported in the media about claims made by former professional footballers of historic child abuse by football coaches when they were children. Scottish Archery takes all possible steps to ensure that junior members are protected from any abusive behaviour, be it sexual or otherwise; this includes all licensed coaches and persons who regularly work with children being subject to PVG membership; and policies and guidelines in place to prevent juniors being left alone with an adult and how to deal with reported incidents.
Whilst Scottish Archery can control what happens now through policies and guidelines, we have no control of what has happened in the past, but firmly believe that nothing untoward has happened to former junior members whilst taking part in archery. Should any member believe that they have been subjected to historical abuse, whether as a member of Scottish Archery or other organisation, they should contact the police in the first instance on 101. Should any member of Scottish Archery, or a parent of a junior member believe that another member of the organisation has or is conducting themselves in an inappropriate manner towards a junior member, they should immediately contact the club’s or Scottish Archery’s Child Protection Officer to raise their concerns at the earliest opportunity. Any information passed in such cases will be treated in the strictest confidence.
SAA Child Protection Officer.