Child and Adult Protection Policy Statement
Elie Sports Club
Child and Adult Protection Policy Statement.
Elie Sports Club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people. It recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. Paid staff and volunteers will endeavour to work together to encourage the development of an ethos which embraces difference and diversity and respects the rights of children, young people and adults.
Child and Adult Protection Policy
Elie Sports Club will:
1. Nominate a suitable person as the Club’s named Child and Adult Protection Officer. The nominated person is Susan Kennedy.
2. Promote the health and welfare of children and adults by providing opportunities for them to take part in sport safely.
3. Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children and adults.
4. Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse.
5. Recruit, train, support and supervise its Members working directly with children (e.g. PGA-qualified Golf Professional) to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to minimise risk to themselves.
6. Require its Members working directly with children to adopt and abide by the Club’s Child and Adult Protection Policy and Procedures.
7. Require its Members working directly with children to be disclosed under Disclosure Scotland procedures.
8. Respond to any allegations of abuse in line with this Policy and its associated Procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures.
9. Review and evaluate this Policy and its associated Procedures on a regular basis.
10. Display this Policy and its associated Procedures on the Club’s Noticeboards.
The Principles underpinning the Club’s Child and Adult Protection Policy are as follows:
1. The welfare of children is the primary concern.
2. All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse.
3. It is everyone’s responsibility to report any concerns about abuse to the Club’s Child and Adult Protection Officer and that person’s responsibility to report any suspected abuse to the relevant authorities and to support them in the conduct of any resultant investigations.
4. All incidents of alleged poor practice, misconduct and abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
5. Personal data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998.
Elie Sports Club will implement the following Procedures in support of its Child and Adult Protection Policy:
1. Only Members who have been approved by the Club’s Adult and Child Protection Officer and other relevant officials at the Club will be invited to work directly with young people. (e.g. as PGA-qualified Professional)
2. Those invited will be given full information on the roles and responsibilities involved.
3. They will be provided with a copy of the Club’s Child and Adult Protection Policy.
4. They will be made aware that all of those working directly with young people at Elie Sports Club are required to be disclosed under Disclosure Scotland procedures.
5. All Members working with children under the auspices of the Club will be given training commensurate with their role.
6. All Members who have contact with children will be monitored and have their performance appraised on a regular basis.
7. Information on any relevant medical conditions will be sought from the parents or guardians of children prior to their involvement in any coaching programmes at the Club.
8. Similarly, permission will be sought beforehand from parents or guardians prior to the taking of photographs or videos of their children.
9. An accident and injury log book will be kept by the Club Professional and information on any accident or incident occurring during the coaching of young people or their supervised play on the Course will be entered as appropriate.
Elie Sports Club will promote the following good practice guidelines to its Members who are involved in work with children:
1. Make sport fun and enjoyable.
2. Promote fair play.
3. Always work in an open environment – e.g. avoid private or unobserved situations and encourage an open environment for activities.
4. Treat all children equally, with respect and dignity.
5. Put the welfare of each child first before winning, or achieving goals.
6. Be an excellent role model, including not smoking or drinking alcohol in the company of children.
7. Give enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
8. Ensure that if any form of manual or physical support is required for a child, it is provided openly, the child is informed of what is being done and their consent is obtained.
9. Involve parents, guardians and carers wherever possible.
10. Build balanced relationships based on mutual trust that empower children to share in the decision-making process.
11. Recognise the developmental needs and capacity of children, avoid excessive training or competition and either pushing them against their will or putting undue pressure on them.