General Policies

Equality Policy

The Trust commits itself to ensuring sports equity and diversity are incorporated across all aspects of our activities. Sports equity is about fairness and inclusivity in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them.

It is about ensuring that sport becomes equally accessible to everyone in society. Diversity respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat everyone equally within the context of their sport, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/economic status.

The Trust will make every reasonable effort to publicise/promote accessibility to our activities in ways that are appropriate to all persons in respect of language, format and approach. The Trust is committed to everyone having the right to enjoy their sport in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse, and to eliminate prejudice.

All people involved in the Trust have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity. The Trust will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour according to club disciplinary procedures.

 

Imagery, filming and media

The Trust does not wish to prevent parents or other spectators being able to take legitimate photographs or recorded images, however we are committed to providing a safe environment for young people under the age of 18. Included in this commitment is ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to protect young people from the inappropriate use of their images in resources and media publications.

This policy covers the following key areas:

• The taking and / or publishing of photographic images of young people.

• The use of photographic or recorded image equipment at hockey events organised by the Trust.

• The use of photographic or recorded image equipment as a coaching aid by the Trust

• For the purposes of clarity any photography is used in one of 3 ways:

1. Skill & game development via analysis

2. Performance recognition either on the website or social portals – “congratulations”

3. Club promotion Principles

• Anyone acting on behalf of the Trust will have an understanding of the issues relating to the taking, and use, of photographic and recorded images of young people and teh FA’s policy on this

• Young people, and their parents, have the right to decide whether images of them may be made and how these may be used. If you wish to have your child excluded from all photography then please contact us

• Care will be taken to ensure that any images are not sexual or exploitative in nature, nor open to obvious misinterpretation and misuse.

• All images of young people will be securely stored to avoid inappropriate use.

• Suspected inappropriate taking of photographic or recorded images will be challenged and reported.

• Photographers wishing to take images during Trust activities will be required to register their details with the Trust in accordance with good practice guidance on photography and recorded images.

 

Safeguarding Policy

Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic background, all children

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in sports or outside of the activity.

Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust 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 Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust will

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • 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 young people
  • 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 policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

Procedures

All concerns, allegations or disclosures regarding the welfare of young people will be referred to the Welfare Officer who will make a decision as to the seriousness and nature of the information and will refer and report to the appropriate agency.

The Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust:

  • accepts and adopts The Football Association’s and The English Schools’ safeguarding policies and procedures
  • ensures that, where the role requires, all staff and volunteers complete The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
  • works towards achieving the National Standards and post Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport devised by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the NSPCC

Monitoring

The policy will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or  Sports Councils
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.