I am committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children* to train and participate in basketball and other club affiliated activities. I recognise that it is my responsibility to safeguard their welfare by protecting them from sexual, physical or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
A Club Welfare Officer will be appointed at the earliest possibility.
* A child is recognised as being a person under the age of 18.
This policy is based on the following principles
The welfare of the child is paramount
All children, regardless of their age, culture, disability, gender, first language, racial origin, religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to appropriately.
All members of the club – whether they be coaches, committee members (as yet to be appointed), volunteer helpers, club members (junior or adult) – have a responsibility to report to the Club Welfare Officer (or until such time as a position can be filled, report to me, the head coach).
It It is my aim to safeguard children during the building of this basketball club by:
Ensuring that all coaches and other relevant volunteers have a current DBS (formerly known as CRB) check. For these purposes that DBS check must not be older than three years ago at the time of appointment.
Ensuring that coaches and volunteers are suitable trained in child protection and welfare issues.
Ensuring that best practice guidelines are followed at all times.
Ensuring that grievances or complaints are dealt with promptly.
Ensuring that the club’s policy on videoing, photographing and use of the club’s Web Site and Social Networking profile is strictly followed. To this end parents/guardians of each child are requested to give/deny their permission for such on the Junior Registration form.
Having a zero tolerance level of poor practice, bullying or any form of potential abuse.
I am committed to reviewing and, when and where necessary, updating this policy and good practice regularly.