We take member welfare seriously

Welcome to Alton Cycling Club’s welfare and safeguarding page. Below you can find guidance and information on our policies.


This welfare policy is primarily intended to develop a sense of awareness and guidance on safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults involved in activities with Alton Cycling Club. However, this policy is also concerned about the welfare of everyone at the club irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and political view. Everyone who is involved in the club is entitled to access an enjoyable and safe environment and to have the chance to experience the excitement, challenge and achievement inherent to the sport.

Club Policies

Alton Cycling Club has a constitution, known as the Club constitution which governs the club and the club’s officers. We also have Rider guidelines which outline the expected behaviour of all members of Alton Cycling Club while riding. Specific guidance for junior riders and their parents is available here.

Roles and Responsibilities

It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of all within the sport. The Alton Cycling Club Welfare Officer is responsible for ensuring that welfare concerns are met at club level, and is the main contact with British Cycling and other agencies on these issues. We require our members, coaches and volunteers to abide by British Cycling welfare policy and procedures and associated codes of conduct.

Policy Statement

Alton Cycling Club aims to be friendly, welcoming and inclusive. Everyone involved in the club is responsible for ensuring that anyone can take part in cycling in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Alton Cycling Club is a member of British Cycling and have adopted their safeguarding policies and procedures. If you have a concern, all the necessary information for what action to take can be found at British Cycling Safeguarding

Safeguarding policies for adults and children can be viewed on the British Cycling Website:

Safeguarding Adults (Link: British Cycling)

Safeguarding Children (Link: British Cycling)

You can find out about the role of Welfare Officers by visiting British Cycling (Link: British Cycling)

Alton Cycling Club Welfare Officer

A Cycling Club that operates in line with British Cycling policy has a Club Welfare Officer. Ruth Stratford is the officially registered Club Welfare Officer and has been Disclosure and Barring Service checked and completed safeguarding training as required by British Cycling policy. Ruth is also a member of the club committee and is seen at club events such as club rides and social events. Please contact her with any questions, concerns or information you feel might be relevant at welfare@altoncyclingclub.org.

If you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of any club member, in the first instance, please contact Ruth Stratford, Club Welfare Officer, welfare@altoncyclingclub.org

Alternatively, If there is no immediate risk, but you have concerns about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, or you have concerns about the behaviour or practice of a coach, or anyone else involved in the sport, then talk to the British Cycling Integrity and Compliance Department on 0161 274 2000 or email compliance@britishcycling.org.uk


Club Welfare Officer: welfare@altoncyclingclub.org

British Cycling: 0161 274 2082

Out of hours: 0161 274 2002

Email: compliance@britishcycling.org.uk

In case of an emergency situation contact:

Police: 999
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Childline: 0800 1111
Child Protection in Sport Unit
Disclosure and Barring Service

Club Welfare Officer, Ruth Stratford