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Child Protection Policy

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Enjoy-a-Ball is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. For the purposes of this policy and associated procedures a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years.
Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.
This document outlines Enjoy-a-Ball’s commitment to protecting children.

  1. The welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility, particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse. There is a role for coaches, adult helpers, parents/ guardians, carers and children themselves. Children and young people have a lot to gain from sporting activity. Their natural sense of fun and spontaneity can blossom in positive sporting environments. Sport provides an excellent opportunity for children to learn new skills, become more confident and maximise their own unique potential. Enjoy-a-Ball will place the needs of the child first and winning and competition second.

  2. The underlying principles with respect to Child Protection are that:

    • The child’s welfare is the first consideration.

    • All children, regardless of age, any disability they have, gender, racial origin and religious belief have a right to be protected from abuse.

    • Children and young people must be treated with integrity and respect.

    • Children and young peoples’ programmes and competitions will be relevant to their ages and stages of development.

  3. Enjoy-a-Ball:

    • aims to create an enjoyable environment, where young people have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat,

    • acknowledges that young people have the right to be treated with respect and for their concerns to be listened to and acted upon,

    • will aim to ensure that each student group has a specific programme designated for them, with adequate supervision,

    • is committed to ensuring that all adult helpers complete a Registration Form, and to ensuring that they understand and agree to the “Guidelines for Adult Helpers” in relation to Child Protection,

    • will always emphasise fair play.

  4. Enjoy-a-Ball will ensure that all coaches hold current, valid First Aid certificates and carry with them at all classes a First Aid kit.

  5. Enjoy-a-Ball will take all reasonable steps to ensure that coaches are suitable for work with children.

  6. All coaches are subject to a full Police check. DBS – England & Wales. PVG – Scotland.

  7. All coaches have suitable Public Liability Insurance.

  8. Our Child Protection Officer is:

    • The person’s name is:Warwick Dredge

    • And the contact telephone number is: 0333 433 0845

Review

This Policy and these Procedures will be regularly reviewed:

  • In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the protection of children or following any changes within Enjoy-a-Ball.

  • Following any issues or concerns raised about the protection of children within Enjoy-a-Ball

  • In all other circumstances, at least every three years.