Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy Statement
Chippenham Triathlon Club acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Chippenham Triathlon Club is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and the British Triathlon Safeguarding Policy and the Safeguarding Procedures for Triathlon England.
The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and vulnerable adults 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 Chippenham Triathlon Club in a safe and child-centred environment.
Chippenham Triathlon Club will:
- Build safe and welcoming environments and a safeguarding culture where staff, volunteers, children and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.
- Appoint a Lead Safeguarding/Wellbeing & Protection Officer to provide advice and guidance, and a named deputy for safeguarding.
- Promote and prioritise the rights of children and protect them from all forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Promote and prioritise the British Triathlon Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy and Home Nations procedures.
- Safely recruit, train, support and supervise coaches and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to reduce risk to themselves.
- Ensure robust systems are in place to manage safeguarding concerns or allegations and respond swiftly and appropriately to all complaints and concerns about poor practice or suspected or actual abuse of children in line with this policy and Home Nation procedures.
- Accurately record and safely store confidential information of all complaints, concerns and safeguarding cases. We will monitor all complaints and concerns about poor practice or suspected or actual abuse to gain a greater insight into the experiences of children in triathlon and continuously improve the support and guidance we develop.
- Provide an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues
- Ensure that confidentiality is maintained appropriately and in line with the best interests of the child. Ensure all papers relating to child safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner
- Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation. The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Chippenham Triathlon. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in exclusion from the club
The policy will be reviewed annually, or in the following circumstances:
Changes in legislation and/or government guidance
As required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport, the BTF, councils and/or Home Country Sports as a result of any other significant change or event
If you have concerns or are worried about anything you have seen or heard at Chippenham Triathlon Club, you can contact our Club Welfare Officers or our Head Coach.
Victoria Castle (Welfare Officer)
Chris Maxwell (Head Coach)
You can also talk to any of our coaches about any concerns.
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