Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Head Coach's Child Protection Policy Statement

Head Coach's Child Protection Policy Statement

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.

    Matthew Chalkley
    (Leadonites Basketball Head Coach)

    Date: 3rd May 2015