The Bowls Development Alliance in partnership with Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling
Association Ltd, English Short Mat Bowling Association, English Bowling Federation and the British
Crown Green Bowling Association have developed a policy for the sport of bowls which outlines the
five organisations commitment to ensuring that the sport provides a safe environment for all young
people to play.
Everyone in bowls has a part to play in safeguarding and we have produced a website which
provides important guidelines for all those involved in the sport of bowls to ensure that everyone is
aware of the processes that need to be gone through to ensure we keep all our young people and
vulnerable adults safe.
It is not possible to eliminate all risks but it is important that those in bowls with a specific
responsibility for junior players or members can demonstrate that they have assessed the risks and
taken all steps to minimise them.
All individuals working and participating in bowls have a role to play in developing a safe
environment to encourage children to play and enjoy the game.
A copy of the Safeguarding Bowls Policy & Guidelines can be downloaded from the Safeguarding
website http://www.safeguardingbowls.org. This provides clubs with information on good practice
and outlines the processes that need to be followed if there is an allegation or concern at the club.
Templates are also available that clubs can make use of. These include a draft safeguarding policy
for the club to adopt, job description for a Club Welfare Officer, and guidance on what to do if taking
children away on a trip to play bowls or permissions that are needed for someone to take
photographs of children playing bowls.
The EIBA Ltd as a National Governing Body must ensure that all children are protected and kept
safe whilst participating in the sport of bowls.
• through the Bowls Development Alliance, provide guidance on child protection for parents and
all those participating in the sport.
• adopt good practice in the recruitment, training and supervision of staff, coaches and volunteers.
• advise County Associations and bowls clubs on best practice and recommend they adopt the
safeguarding guidelines and adhere to appropriate codes of conduct.
• respond to allegations, concerns and complaints relating to child protection and welfare.
• implement and provide advice on how to manage the safeguarding process.
For further details please contact:-
EIBA Ltd Headquarters
David Cornwell House,
Leics. LE13 0FA
Tel: 01664 481900