Safeguarding / Welfare policy
Cheddar Hockey Club – Safeguarding / Welfare policy
The safety and protection of all club members is paramount (includes players, coaches, umpires and other officials).
Cheddar Hockey club strives to be compliant with the Safeguarding Regulations, policies and reporting procedures of England Hockey.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and it is everyone’s responsibility to report concerns.
The Safeguarding policy is applied specifically where young people are involved within the adult game.
Any concerns regarding welfare eg poor practice, bullying or abuse, should be shared with a designated welfare officer and appropriate action will be taken, in accordance with England Hockey’s policies, procedures and systems.
The safeguarding policy is to promote the welfare of young people and protect them from harm.
All club members should be made aware of the issues relating to safeguarding.
To provide a secure environment for club members to develop their hockey skills. Their views and concerns are recognised as important and are considered.
To have open channels of communication between members and welfare officers of the club, and outside agencies where appropriate.
To document good practice that supports the safety and welfare of all club members, in particular young people. The club has a duty of care for this message to be communicated to all members.
General Principals and agreed good practice
All club members must observe England Hockey’s Code of Ethics and Behaviour.
The club adheres to the requirements regarding the completion of DBS checks for all appropriate individuals. DBS checks are completed by England Hockey.
All concerns relating to safety and welfare of club members are taken seriously, and will be acted on swiftly and appropriately
Re the ratio of adults to participants, a minimum of two adults should be present or at the very least that you are in sight or hearing of others. The essence of safe guarding and protection of club members is that you should never put yourself or allow yourself to be put in a situation whereby you are on your own with a young person. Always ensure you have a third ‘trusted’ person present.
First Aid kits are maintained by both teams and are available pitch side.
All registration forms contain a medical questionnaire. Personal information will only be shared appropriately, based on consideration of the safety and well-being of the player.
Members should update team captains and coaches if their medical requirement or support needed changes.
Personal medical equipment such as inhalers are the responsibility of players requiring said item.
Bullying - behaviour which constitutes bullying will not be tolerated (anything that is done with the intention of hurting or intimidating, frightening or upsetting another person). We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our players so they can participate in a relaxed and secure environment.
Photography - the club follows the guidance offered by England Hockey for implementing good practice on taking and use of photographic and recorded images to ensure against the inappropriate or uninformed use of images. Anyone taking images should be challenged - ask any individual who they are and why they are taking photos/recording images, if they do not have permission. Any concerns should be reported to the Welfare Officer. Ask other teams for their permission to record images - ‘ No consent, No photo’ Do not use photos of young people without gaining written consent from the player and parents/legal guardians
Communication - all members should give careful consideration to their use of social networking sites. ‘Think before you post’. Do not use inappropriate language or humour, or link to any unsuitable content. Involve parents/carers with parental responsibility in communication with young people. When communicating with young people it is recommended that you copy parents into written communication (i.e. letters or emails), or speak with a player and their parents. Contacting young people by phone, text or email should never be undertaken without parental consent.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the England Hockey Safeguarding Young People in hockey policy, procedures and good practice guidance (www.englandhockey.co.uk/safe)
The club will amend the Safeguarding policy as new regulations are released.
At any time if you have any concerns relating to the safeguarding and welfare of a club member please do not hesitate to contact Tina on 07762738411 or Julie on 07891925434