Safeguarding

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

Shane Kiely ( schoolsport2001@yahoo.co.uk) is the Welfare Officer with responsibility for safeguarding. 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.