SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTING YOUNG & VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN SPORT

BMCSC adopts the Safeguarding and Protecting Young & Vulnerable People in Sport Policy from England Hockey (SafeD), England Cricket board (Safe Hands), the Lawn Tennis Association (What’s the Score) and the British Crown Green Bowling Association and works in accordance with the following statement:

 

Introduction

BMCSC is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young & vulnerable people involved in sport.  It accepts its responsibility to help safeguard the welfare of all young/vulnerable people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.

 

Every individual and organisation within the BMCSC Family has a role and responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of young & vulnerable people. The BMCSC Family is defined below.

 

BMCSC as a provider of opportunities for young & vulnerable people in sport accepts that we are required to fulfil our duty of care which means that we must do everything that can be reasonably expected of us to help safeguard and protect such people from any reasonably foreseeable harm. 

 

Definitions:

BMCSC Family includes all individuals, constituent clubs, associations, and other organisations involved in any capacity in sport, and whether or not members of BMCSC.  For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all players and anyone working within sport (in a paid or voluntary capacity, and whether as an employee or on a self-employed or other work basis) including all coaches, umpires, referees and other officials.

 

Young People anyone under the age of 18

 

Obligations under this policy:

Everyone within BMCSC must act in accordance with:

  •  the general principles set out in this policy; and
  •  the  principles set out in the particular policies below, together with the supporting good practice document:

 

- The recruitment of persons working with young/vulnerable people

- The use of DBS checks in recruitment and employment

- Anti-bullying

- Taking and use of photographic and recorded images of young people;

 

Affiliation to England Hockey (EH), England Cricket Board (ECB), the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA) will evidence agreement of these obligations by the club and membership of BMCSC will evidence agreement by the BMCSC Family

 

BMCSC has in addition, adopted and implemented our own:

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Young People (or Child Protection) policy which complies with the general principles set out in this policy
  • Appointed a Welfare Officer for each Sport within the Club. If any safety concerns are raised, the Welfare Officer from each sport will decide the best course of action.

 

Everyone within BMCSC must also:

·         Abide by the Code of Ethics of the above governing bodies which specify conduct in relation to the safeguarding of young/vulnerable people within sport among other issues

·         Follow the relevant sport’s governing bodies reporting procedures where there are concerns relating to the safety or welfare of young/vulnerable people

·         Understand that should a concern arise, the Welfare officer should be informed and the appropriate procedure followed.

 

For clarity, policies, procedures and good practice relating to the safeguarding of young/vulnerable people in sport need to be applied both in relation to activities for young people specifically and where young people may be involved within the adult game.  For example, where players or umpires under 18 years of age are incorporated into adult team sports.

 

Role of Governing Bodies:

As the national governing bodies, EH, ECB, the LTA and BCGBA will publicise and promote within their sport their Safeguarding Young & Vulnerable People Policy, Procedures and Good Practice Guidance. The governing bodies also support their affiliated clubs and associations in adopting and implementing their own policies by producing template policies and procedures and through access to appropriate training and education opportunities.

 

BMCSC is committed to ensuring that concerns relating to the safety and welfare of young/vulnerable people in sport are taken seriously and acted upon swiftly and appropriately. To achieve this, BMCSC supports the procedures that EH, ECB, LTA & BCGBA have developed for reporting concerns.

 

BMCSC recognises the roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies in safeguarding young/vulnerable people and the responsibilities and expertise of the relevant agencies in determining whether young/vulnerable people have, or may have, been abused or otherwise harmed.  BMCSC is committed to complying with the procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) [1]. Accordingly, BMCSC will work co-operatively with the relevant statutory agencies on matters relating to safeguarding young people and where BMCSC receives report of a concern, it will refer the matter to the relevant statutory agency where appropriate.

 

BMCSC is also committed where appropriate, to directly challenging conduct within sport that is, or may be, harmful to young/vulnerable people. Where concerns or complaints are raised (by sources internal or external to the Club) relating to the safety and welfare of young/vulnerable people. BMCSC will take action against any person or organisation within its jurisdiction whose conduct is found to have harmed a young/vulnerable person in sport or whose conduct (within or outside sport) poses or may pose a risk of harm to young/vulnerable people in sport. 

 

BMCSC will follow EH, ECB, LTA & BCGBA Reporting Procedures and will make all their members aware that they are subject to the above Regulations if there is a breach of the Policy. We will review this policy on an annual basis.

 


General Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Principles:

·         The safety and welfare of young/vulnerable people is paramount

·         All young people, regardless of age, ability, sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic origin, social status or sexual orientation have the right to be protected from harm

·         The rights, dignity and worth of all young/vulnerable people should always be respected

·         BMCSC wishes to promote a telling culture. Everyone within sport must therefore report all concerns in accordance with EH, ECB, LTA or BCGBA reporting procedures.

·         It is the responsibility of child protection experts to determine whether or not abuse has taken place but it is everyone’s responsibility in sport to report concerns

·         The roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies in safeguarding young/vulnerable people must be recognised and the procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards must be complied with

·         Any policy or procedure is only as effective as the ability and skill of those who operate it

·         BMCSC is committed to encouraging, and everyone within BMCSC must recognise and regard as essential, the effective and safe recruitment of all individuals working with young people in sport.

·         All those working in sport, in a paid or voluntary capacity, must abide by their governing bodies Code of Ethics

 

Guidance and Legislation:

The practices and procedures within this policy and documentation are based on the principles contained within UK and International legislation and Government guidance and have been designed to complement Local Safeguarding Children Boards procedures and take the following into consideration

  • The Children Acts 1989 and 2004
  • The Protection of Children Act 1999
  • The Police Act 1997
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Criminal Justices and Court Services Act 2000
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Data Protection Act 1998
  • “Caring for the young and vulnerable” Home Office guidance for preventing the abuse of trust 1999
  • What to do if you are Worried a Child is being Abused  DOH 2006
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006, HM Government
  • The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006


[1] Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) are the key statutory mechanism for agreeing how the relevant organisations in each local area will co-operate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the locality.  The core membership of LSCBs is set out in the Children Act 2004, and includes local authorities, health bodies, the police and others.  The objective of LSCBs is to coordinate and to ensure the effectiveness of their member agencies in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, they also provide education and training opportunities at local level.