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Child Protection

Bowls Scotland is fully committed to ensuring that all participants, parents, coaches and officials have only positive experiences when participating in the sport.

Bowls Scotland, has adopted the Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable adults in Bowls, copies of which can be downloaded below.

We have been working with Children 1st and sportscotland to ensure that our child protection procedures and policies reflect current best practice. No matter what role you play in supporting the sport of Bowls in Scotland it is important to familiarise yourself with the following key documents: -


  • Bowls Scotland Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy  - Here
  • Bowls Scotland Code of Conduct – Here
  • Child Protection Officer Job description – Here
  • Bowls Scotland Child Protection Resource Pack for Clubs – Here


Child Protection Courses

Bowls Scotland requires all those working with children (i.e. coaches, officials and helpers) within a club as well as those accompanying children on trips, regardless of whether in a paid capacity or as a volunteer, attend Child Protection courses organised through sportscotland. Child Protection Training should be repeated every three years.


Safeguarding and Protecting Children - This is a three hour module, which is designed to raise awareness on issues surrounding the protection of children and young people within the sport and covers topics such as: duty of care, good/inappropriate practices, recognising signs and indicators of abuse, acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, how to protect yourself as a coach and where to go for advice and help on how to deal with issues.


In Safe Hands – This is a 3-hour workshop for those in the role of child protection officer or board/committee member at a sports club or governing body. Participants attending this workshop should have first attended a basic awareness course in child protection. This covers topics such as: roles & responsibilities, legal basis for protecting children, implementing guidelines, managing concerns and allegations and what is an 'Aware' or 'Safe' club.

Please note: Child Protection Officers must attend the Safeguarding & Protecting training before attending the In Safe Hands training.


Details of above courses and how to book on can be found here


Bowls Scotland Disciplinary Procedures

The object of the Disciplinary procedure is to set down rules and procedures with a view to obtaining justice in Bowls hearing proceedings and to ensure that decisions are made in a fair, consistent, impartial, independent and expeditious manner.  Click here to download or browse our Disciplinary Procedure



Reporting Concerns

Protecting our Bowlers: Sometimes we see or hear something that makes us a bit uneasy and we’re not sure what to do about it. Do we keep quiet and hope someone else will complain or do we tell the people who have the experience to investigate?

You can talk through any concerns you may have by contacting Laura Kerr on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via telephone on 07715025736


Quick guide to reporting concerns – Here