Club Policies 

General

As the governing body of tennis, it is the LTA's duty to ensure that all Registered venues are held to certain standards to help promote the safety and security of all those who play, volunteer and support tennis in this country.

From the 1st October 2018 all LTA Registered venues are required to comply with five minimum standards to enable them to register to the LTA and take advantage of the support, benefits and programmes that the LTA offers.


The introduction of these requirements will be accompanied by LTA auditing, to ensure that standards are being met but also that venues are building on those to become as safe a place to play as possible. We at Beaconsfield Tennis Club will be working towards these standards and will work closely with the LTA's auditors.

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Codes of Conduct – all staff, volunteers, children and adults

All members of staff and volunteers agree to:

·      Prioritise the well-being of all children and adults at risk at all times

·      Treat all children and adults at risk fairly and with respect

·      Be a positive role model. Act with integrity, even when no one is looking

·      Help to create a safe and inclusive environment both on and off the court

·   Not allow any rough or dangerous behaviour, bullying or the use of bad or inappropriate language

·      Report all allegations of abuse or poor practice to the club Welfare Officer

·      Not use any sanctions that humiliate or harm a child or adult at risk

·      Value and celebrate diversity and make all reasonable efforts to meet individual needs

·    Keep clear boundaries between professional and personal life, including on social media

·      Have the relevant consent from parents/carers, children and adults before taking or using photos and videos

·      Refrain from making physical contact with children or adults unless it is necessary as part of an emergency or congratulatory (e.g. handshake / high five)

·   Refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol during club activities or coaching sessions

·  Ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined and everyone has the required information and training

·   Avoid being alone with a child or adult at risk unless there are exceptional circumstances

·  Refrain from transporting children or adults at risk, unless this is required as part of a club activity (e.g. away match) and there is another adult in the vehicle

·  Not abuse, neglect, harm or discriminate against anyone; or act in a way that may be interpreted as such

·   Not have a relationship with anyone under 18 for whom they are coaching or responsible for

·    Not to have a relationship with anyone over 18 whilst continuing to coach or be responsible for them

 All children agree to:

·    Be friendly, supportive and welcoming to other children and adults

·    Play fairly and honestly

·    Respect club staff, volunteers and Officials and accept their decisions

·    Behave, respect and listen to your coach

·   Take care of your equipment and club property

·   Respect the rights, dignity, and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, culture, religion or sexual identity

·   Not use bad, inappropriate or racist language, including on social media

·   Not bully, intimidate or harass anyone, including on social media

·   Not smoke, drink alcohol or drugs of any kind on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions or events

·  Talk to the club Welfare Officer about any concerns or worries they have about themselves or others

 

All adults agree to:

·      Positively reinforce your child and show an interest in their tennis

·      Use appropriate language at all times

·      Be realistic and supportive

·      Never ridicule or admonish a child for making a mistake or losing a match

·      Treat all children, adults, volunteers, coaches, officials and members of staff with respect

·      Behave responsibly at the venue; do not embarrass your child

·      Accept the official’s decisions and do not go on court or interfere with matches 

·      Encourage your child to play by the rules and teach them that they can only do their best

·      Deliver and collect your child punctually from the venue

·      Ensure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather conditions

·      Ensure that your child understands their code of conduct 

·      Adhere to your venue’s safeguarding policy, diversity and inclusion policy, rules and regulations

·      Provide emergency contact details and any relevant information about your child including medical history.


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Safeguarding Policy


 

We have adopted the LTA policy entitled Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and fully understand and recognise its importance. This should also be read in conjunction with our “Equality and diversity” and “Volunteer” Policies. 

https://www.lta.org.uk/about-us/safeguarding-protection/

For the Policy in full please refer to the Board in the Club House.

Our Welfare Officer is Natashia De Silva. Her contact details are also on the Board.

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Whistle Blowing Policy

 

 

 Safeguarding Whistle Blowing Policy

 

Safeguarding children and adults at risk requires everyone to be committed to the highest possible standards of openness, integrity and accountability. As a club, we are committed to encouraging and maintaining a culture where people feel able to raise a genuine safeguarding concern and are confident that it will be taken seriously.

 

What is whistle blowing?

 

In the context of safeguarding, “whistle blowing” is when someone raises a concern about the well-being of a child or an adult at risk.

 

A whistle blower may be:

 

·      a player;

·      a volunteer;

·      a coach;

·      other member of staff;

·      an official;

·      a parent;

·      a member of the public.

 

How to raise a concern about a child or an adult at risk at the club

 

If a child or an adult at risk is in immediate danger or risk of harm, the police should be contacted by calling 999.

 

Where a child or an adult at risk is not in immediate danger, any concerns about their well-being should be made without delay to the Club Welfare Officer. The Club Welfare Officer will pass the details of the concern on to the LTA Safeguarding Team at the earliest opportunity and the relevant local authority and the police will be contacted, where appropriate.

 

If, however, the whistle blower does not feel comfortable raising a concern with the Club Welfare Officer, the whistle blower should contact the LTA Safeguarding Team directly on 020 8487 7000, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. 

 

Information to include when raising a concern

 

The whistle blower should provide as much information as possible regarding the incident or circumstance which has given rise to the concern, including:

 

·      their name and contact details (unless they wish to remain anonymous);

·      names of individuals involved;

·      date, time and location of incident/circumstance; and

·      whether any witnesses were present.

 

What happens next?

 

All concerns raised by a whistle blower about the well-being of a child or an adult at risk will be taken seriously and every effort will be made to deal with each concern fairly, quickly and proportionately. 

 

 

If the whistle blower does not believe that the concern has been dealt with appropriately and wishes to speak to someone outside the club or the LTA Safeguarding Team, the NSPCC Whistleblowing advice line should be contacted on 0800 028 0285 or by emailing help@nspcc.org.uk.

 

Support

 

The club will not tolerate any harassment, victimisation or unfair treatment of, and will take appropriate action to protect, whistle blowers when they raise a concern in good faith.

 

 

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