Child Protection Policy
Everyone who takes part in tennis is entitled to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment. To ensure this Bagshot Tennis Club is committed to establishing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure a safe tennis environment.
Best practise in tennis benefits everyone- the sport’s governing body, coaches, parents and players. Most importantly, it ensures that children who choose to participate in tennis have a safe and fun experience.
Our objective is to build a safer future in tennis for all children under the age of 18 years.
All children are entitled to a duty of care and to be protected from abuse. Bagshot Tennis Club is committed to devising, implementing and updating policies and procedures to promote best practice when working with children and to ensure that everyone in the club understands and accepts their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse. This means taking action to report any concerns about their welfare. It is not the responsibility of the tennis club to determine whether or not abuse has taken place, this is the domain of the child protection professionals.
Bagshot Tennis Club fully accepts its legal and moral obligations to provide a duty of care, to protect all children and safeguard their welfare, irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, religion or belief, sex or gender and sexual orientation.
- The welfare of the child is paramount.
- All children have the right to protection from abuse.
- All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
- All individuals involved in tennis understand and accept their responsibility to report concerns to the appropriate club official.
In order to meet this obligation Bagshot Tennis Club will:
- Provide and enforce procedures to safeguard the well being of all participants and protect them from abuse.
- Ensure all children who take part in tennis are able to participate in a safe and fun environment.
- Respect and uphold the rights, wishes and feelings of children.
- Recruit and supervise any employees and volunteers to adopt best practise to safeguard and protect young people from abuse, and themselves from false allegations.
- Require all club members to adopt and abide by their Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the relevant grievance, investigatory and disciplinary procedures.
- Respond to any allegations appropriately and implement the appropriate complaints, child protection, disciplinary and appeals procedures.
- Review policies regularly.
The child protection officer for the club is our Welfare Officer