Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

The Club Believes:

That the safety and welfare of children should always be of paramount importance, whatever the circumstances. That everyone with a role in working with children has a moral and arguably a legal responsibility to safeguard and promote a child’s welfare particularly when it comes to protecting children from abuse.

That special care is needed in dealing with children whose age, inexperience or physical state makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse.

The Club:

Has therefore adopted this Child Protection Policy to ensure that the welfare and safety of children in their care or custody is always the primary consideration.

Is committed to providing an environment where children can learn about, participate in and enjoy volleyball free from harassment or abuse.

The club is committed to protecting a child’s physical or mental health or development from harm and to ensure that all adults working with them and are known to them are aware of the child protection policy.

The club will ensure that all persons working with the children including coaches, parents and other members of the club have a current CRB check and there is a member within the club who has completed the Safeguarding and protecting children training.

The Policy is Predicated on the Following Three Principles:

A child’s welfare is the paramount consideration.
A child, regardless of age, ability, gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual orientation has a right to be protected from abuse.
The rights, dignity and worth of a child should always be respected.
The Children Act 1989 (as amended by The Children Act 2004) states that anyone who is involved in the care of children should “do what is reasonable in the circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare”.

The Club Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer is Clair Summersell.