Awaken Adventures Child Protection Policy

 Awaken Adventures acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and NGB requirements.

 The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of  age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children

 have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Awaken Adventures in a safe and child centred environment

  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in activities provided by Awaken Adventures or outside of the activity.

Awaken Adventures acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.  

 As part of our safeguarding policy Awaken Adventures will

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Awaken Adventures. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.


 The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and Sports Ireland,, Canoeing Ireland, CAN, MTUK and Mountaineering Ireland.
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

(Last reviewed Sept 2021)



Awaken Adventures Covid-19 Statement and Policy for Activities

The health, safety and well-being of all our clients and staff is, as always, paramount.  All activities will be delivered in line with the government Covid-19 guidelines.

Participant declaration will be required before joining any activity that they have had no Covid related symptoms and that they haven’t had any known close contact with a Covid sufferer within the last 7 days.

The participant accepts the fact that taking part in activities may increase the potential to interact with others and gives a greater potential exposure to Covid infection than not taking part.

Group sizes will be maintained in line with current government guidelines.

Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to during the sessions however in the event that a participant is at risk it may be necessary for the instructor to break social distancing for a brief period of time, for example: a participant falls into the water (capsizes) during a kayak session and is unable to self rescue then the instructor will assist.  The Instructor if they deem necessary will put on a mask while conducting the rescue. You will be briefed by your instructor on the day about rescue protocol.

The instructors’ safety kits carried on sessions will have hand sanitisers and face masks added to them.

Good personal hygiene should be observed by everyone, ensure you wash your hands for 20secs with soap and warm water when possible and bring your own hand sanitiser to use before, during and after the session.  Please follow appropriate coughing and sneezing etiquette.

The wearing of a face covering is optional and at the participant’s/instructor’s discretion.

 Although all equipment is provided, for water based activities we would encourage participants if they have their own wetsuit to bring it and use it.

There are no changing facilities or toilets available at the various start locations of our activities. For water based activities please arrive wearing your swimwear and/or change by your car.

All equipment will have been cleaned appropriately prior to each session.

After each session any personal protective equipment (PPE) used by the participants will be quarantined and stored separately to be washed and disinfected before being used again.

After each kayak session the kayaks and paddles used will be wiped down and cleaned with disinfecting wipes before being used again.

When traveling to and from the venue we would normally encourage car sharing, however at this time if possible do not travel in a car with anyone outside of your household.

Upon arriving at the venue please park responsibly and considerately, don’t block gateways and keep access ways clear for emergency services and the local communities.

If it is necessary to open/close gates during a hike, the guide will do so to minimise the contact and they will use hand sanitiser before and after touching the gate.

Please be self sufficient on sessions, do not share personal equipment, food or drinks.

If you have booked with us and you or a member of your group has developed Covid-19 like symptoms please contact us as soon as possible.