Wigmore Lawn Tennis Club Safeguarding Policy Statement

 Wigmore LTC acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk.  The club is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and LTA requirements.  A copy of the club’s full safeguarding policy is available on the clubhouse notice board or from the Welfare Officer (David MARK Longden). The diversity and inclusion policy is also available in the clubhouse. These policies can also be downloaded via the Members’ Area website.

 The club’s safeguarding policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and adults at risk are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of tennis at Wigmore Lawn Tennis Club in a safe and inclusive environment

  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in tennis. 

Wigmore LTC acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.  

 As part of our safeguarding policy Wigmore LTC will:

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and well-being of children and adults at risk

  • Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and adults at risk

  • Encourage and maintain a culture where people feel able to raise a genuine safeguarding concern and are confident that it will be taken seriously

  • Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern

  • Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored

  • Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals

  • Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation

 

The Club Welfare Officer can be contacted on: 07982557758 or wigmoretennis@hotmail.co.uk.

 The club’s policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Wigmore LTC. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed and may result in dismissal/exclusion from the club.

Whistleblowing

Anyone who does not feel comfortable raising a concern with the Club Welfare Officer should contact the LTA Safeguarding Team directly on 020 8487 7000, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.  Further details about whistleblowing can be found in the club’s safeguarding policy.

Monitoring

The club’s safeguarding policy will be reviewed every two years, or sooner in the following circumstances:

  • Changes in legislation and/or government guidance

  • As required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board or LTA

  • As a result of any other significant change or event.

Codes of Conduct

 

All members of staff, volunteers and members agree to:

·         Prioritise the well-being of all children and adults at risk at all times

·         Treat all children and adults at risk fairly and with respect

·         Be a positive role model. Act with integrity, even when no one is looking

·         Help to create a safe and inclusive environment both on and off court

·         Not allow any rough or dangerous behaviour, bullying or the use of bad or inappropriate language

·         Report all allegations of abuse or poor practice to the club Welfare Officer

·         Not use any sanctions that humiliate or harm a child or adult at risk

·         Value and celebrate diversity and make all reasonable efforts to meet individual needs

·         Keep clear boundaries between professional and personal life, including on social media

·         Have the relevant consent from parents/carers, children and adults before taking or using photos and videos

·         Refrain from making physical contact with children or adults unless it is necessary as part of an emergency or congratulatory (e.g. handshake / high five)

·         Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions

·         Ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined and everyone has the required information and training

·         Avoid being alone with a child or adult at risk unless there are exceptional circumstances

·         Refrain from transporting children or adults at risk, unless this is required as part of a club activity (e.g. away match) and there is another adult in the vehicle

·         Not abuse, neglect, harm or discriminate against anyone; or act in a way that may be interpreted as such

·         Not have a relationship with anyone under 18 for whom they are coaching or responsible for

·         Be acutely aware of the power that coaches and coaching assistants develop over players in the coaching relationship and avoid any intimacy (sexual or otherwise) with players

 

All children agree to:

·         Be friendly, supportive and welcoming to other children and adults

·         Play fairly and honestly

·         Respect club staff, volunteers and Officials and accept their decisions

·         Behave, respect and listen to your coach

·         Take care of your equipment and club property

·         Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, culture, religion or sexual identity

·         Not use bad, inappropriate or racist language, including on social media

·         Not bully, intimidate or harass anyone, including on social media

·         Not smoke, drink alcohol or drugs of any kind on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions or events

·         Talk to the club Welfare Officer about any concerns or worries they have about themselves or others

 

 

All parents and carers agree to:

·         Positively reinforce your child and show an interest in their tennis

·         Use appropriate language at all times

·         Be realistic and supportive

·         Never ridicule or admonish a child for making a mistake or losing a match

·         Treat all children, adults, volunteers, coaches, officials and members of staff with respect

·         Behave responsibly at the venue; do not embarrass your child

·         Accept the official’s decisions and do not go on court or interfere with matches

·         Encourage your child to play by the rules, and teach them that they can only do their best

·         Deliver and collect your child punctually from the venue

·         Ensure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather conditions

·         Ensure that your child understands their code of conduct

·         Adhere to your venue’s safeguarding policy, diversity and inclusion policy, rules and regulations

·         Provide emergency contact details and any relevant information about your child including medical history

Policy is reviewed every two years (or earlier if there is a change in national legislation).