Child Safeguarding Policy

EVESHAM JUBILEE ANGLING SOCIETY CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY

Evesham Jubilee Angling Society (EJAS) acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects the statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and The Child Protection in Sport 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 in all activities run and supported by EJAS and are able to do so in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in angling or outside of the activity

AIMS

EJAS 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 EJAS will:

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • Prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • Ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation
  • Support the training and development of all those supporting safeguarding standards in angling

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in the EJAS. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.

PRINCIPLES

  • The welfare of children is always paramount
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, ethnic origin and religious beliefs, have the right to protection from abuse
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse and poor practice will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • All members of EJAS have a responsibility to report concerns to an officer of the society
  • Adults - coaches, volunteers and members will be supported to understand their role and responsibility with regard to the duty and care and protection of children and young people

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The EJAS Safeguarding and Protection Policy will be available to all members, parents, volunteers and participants
  • The policy will be reviewed regularly by the committee and amended as appropriate. Guidance from the Angling Trust (anglings governing body) will be sought as part of the process
  • The committee has responsibility for ensuring that the policy and procedures are implemented, including taking any disciplinary action necessary
  • An officer of the society has responsibility for responding to any allegation, concerns or child protection incidents, passing information to the appropriate National Governing Body Lead Protection Officer and informing the appropriate members of the society
  • Parents have a responsibility to work with the society in implementing procedures and providing their children with the necessary information to safeguard themselves.