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Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

Victoria Community Boccia Club has a strong commitment towards safeguarding children, young people and adults that are at risk and have implemented, follow and adhere to the Boccia England safeguarding children and young people, as well as the safeguarding and protecting adults at risk policies.

In addition to the Boccia England policies, Victoria Community Boccia Club has developed its own safeguarding and protecting children and adults at risk policy and guidelines and will ensure that the procedures set out in the Boccia England policies are followed in the case of any incidents.

The Boccia England policies are found here:

Club child protection policy
Victoria Community Boccia Club 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 and Boccia England requirements.

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 Victoria Community Boccia Club in a safe and child centred environment and are protected from abuse whilst participating in Boccia or outside of the activity.

Victoria Community Boccia Club 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 Victoria Community Boccia Club will:

  1. Ensure all club coaches, helpers and officials working with young people should read and adhere to the Boccia England safeguarding children and young people policy. The club will follow the guidance of the policy in the event of any concerns or allegations.
  2. Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored.
  6. Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals.
  7. The club will ensure that anyone who meets the eligibly criteria for a disclosure check will not be deployed until a satisfactory check has been returned.
  8. Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.
  9. The club will obtain written contact, and medical details of all club players which will be made known to coaches, where deemed appropriate and/or necessary.
  10. The club will identify a person whose role it is to deal with any issues concerning child protection and harassment (club welfare officer) and notify this person to all members. Anyone with concerns with respect to child abuse or harassment should contact that person. If that person is unavailable they can contact the club chairman or the Boccia England lead safeguarding officer.
  11. The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Victoria Community Boccia Club. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

Useful contacts

Boccia England
Tel: 0115 967 8455

Boccia England Lead Safeguarding Officer – Rachel Miller
Tel: 0115 9678455
Mobile: 07809336321

NSPCC Helpline (24 hours)
Tel: 0808 800 5000

NSPCC – Child Protection in Sport Unit (CSPU)
Tel: 01162 34 7278

Bournemouth and Poole – LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children’s Board)
Tel: 01202 458873

Victim Support Helpline:
Tel: 0845 3030 900

Child line
Tel: 0800 1111