The policy applies to all squash coaches and volunteers working on behalf of Harrow Squash Club.
The purpose of the policy:
to protect children and young people who participate in Harrow Squash Club activities;
to provide squash coaches and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection;
Harrow Squash Club believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.
We recognise that:
the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare
We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
valuing them, listening to and respecting them
appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people
adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for squash coaches and volunteers
providing effective management for squash coaches and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise.
creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring that we have a policy and procedure to help us deal effectively with any bullying that does arise
ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistle blowing measure in place
ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance