Safeguarding Policy

SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

Springbucks Gymnastics Club is committed to ensuring that those working with children adopt best practice to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the participants, coaches and officials. Any concerns about child welfare, inside or outside of the club, should be reported directly to Mark Middleton (Designated Safeguarding Officer) on 07885 857014.

The club will endeavour to promote the highest standards of care for all members, coaches and officials by:

  • Working to ensure that there is no unauthorised photography and videoing during training and events. This includes the use of mobile phone cameras.
  • Having a zero tolerance level of poor practice, bullying or any potential form of abuse.
  • The adoption of the UK Gymnastics Health & Safety, Safeguarding and other Ethics and Welfare Policies
  • The appointment of a Designated Safeguarding Officer to whom grievances or complaints can be made confidentially.
  • Ensuring that staff are suitably trained in Child Protection and Health, Safety and Welfare issues.
  • Ensuring that coaches and officials have been screened to confirm their suitability to work with children. Where appropriate this will include a DBS check (for coaches 16 years and over).
  • Ensuring that best coaching practice guidelines are followed at all times.
  • Ensuring that grievances or complaints are dealt with promptly and in accordance with the grievance procedures.
  • Ensuring that a minimum of two responsible adults are present at all after school training sessions or events. Sessions held at our host schools during the school day may be run by a single adult coach, supported by the school staff in case of any accidents / incidents.
  • Any Child Welfare concerns will be treated with full confidentiality, with information only being passed on to the necessary people required to deal with the concern.

UK GYMNASTICS AND AFFILIATED CLUBS SAFEGUARDING POLICY

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BUCKS COUNTY COUNCIL CHILD PROTECTION ADVICE / CONTACT NUMBERS

If you have any concerns over the well being of any children or young people you come into contact with you may find it helpful to read the following HM Gov Document: What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

If there is immediate risk of harm to a child, call the Police on 999

If you are concerned about a child in Buckinghamshire, it is important that you talk to someone about this. Don’t ignore your concerns or delay taking action.

  • You can call Buckinghamshire County Council’s First Response Team on 01296 383962(out of hours: 0800 999 7677). They will listen to your concerns and decide on the appropriate course of action.
  • You can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 (free service, lines open 24 hours a day). They will listen to your concerns, offer advice and support and can take action on your behalf if a child is in danger. You can also report concerns anonymously. For further information or to report your concerns online visit: nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/

 

Concerns about staff working with children

If you have a concern about a member of staff working with children (in either a paid or voluntary capacity) please contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01296 382070 or secure-LADO@buckscc.gcsx.gov.uk