Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) Safeguarding Policy Statement


PTA acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults at risk.  The Academy is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and LTA requirements.  A copy of the Academy’s Full Safeguarding Policy is available at Reception and on our website.


The Academy’s safeguarding policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and adults at risk are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of tennis at PTA in a safe and inclusive environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in tennis.


PTA 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 PTA will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and well-being of children and adults at risk
  • 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 adults at risk
  • encourage and maintain a culture where people feel able to raise a genuine safeguarding concern and are confident that it will be taken seriously
  • 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


The PTA Welfare Officer can be contacted via the Reception team or on 02392 730082


The Academy’s policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved at the tennis centre. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed and may result in dismissal/exclusion from the Academy.



Anyone who does not feel comfortable raising a concern with our Welfare Officer should contact the LTA Safeguarding Team directly on 020 8487 7000, the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.  Further details about whistleblowingcan be found in the Academy’s safeguarding policy.



The Academy’s safeguarding policy will be reviewed every two years, or sooner in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board or LTA
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.


                                                                                                            Reviewed/updated: 24/01/2023