Safeguarding

Sheen Parks Tennis aims to create an enjoyable environment for all juniors who wish to take part in tennis and other social activities at all of our venues.

 

  • We believe that children and young people have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat.
  • We believe that young people have the right to be treated with respect, and to have their concerns listened to and acted upon.
  • We will ensure that the club provides for the needs of juniors through specific programmes, designated facilities, and safe practice.
  • We have procedures in place to address poor practice, and to help any young person who appears to be at risk, or who appears to be the victim of abuse. We will offer help and support when a child or young person tells us that they are affected by these issues.
  • We will take steps to ensure that any volunteers or professionals working with children are suitable to do so, through the use of references and background checks. We will ensure that all relevant people have been vetted and approved through the LTA’s Criminal Record Bureau disclosure process.
  • We will ensure that all of those working with children are made aware of the LTA code of conduct for people working with children in tennis, and are required to follow it.
  • We have an adult member who is specifically responsible for children, young people and child protection: This person’s name is: Nikki Tilley (pictured above).  She is our Welfare Officer for Sheen Common and can be contacted on 0778537717 if you have any safeguarding concerns relating to this venue.  We will be appointing a Welfare Officer for our other venues very soon.  In the meantime, if you have a safeguarding concern at one of these other venues please contact Nikki in the first instance. 

Updated March 2018

Working Safely Policy

Safe & Inclusive Code of Conduct

  • Prioritise the well-being of all children and adults at all times
  • 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 court and promote the Fair Play values: enjoy; respect
  • Value and celebrate diversity and make all reasonable efforts to meet individual needs
  • Keep clear boundaries between your professional and personal life, including on social media
  • Check you have the relevant consent from parents/carers, children and adults before taking or using photos and videos
  • Ensure your own roles and responsibilities, and those of everyone you are responsible for, are clearly outlined and everyone has the information, training and support to carry them out
  • Where possible, do not be alone with a child or adult at risk
  • Do not abuse, neglect, harm or discriminate against anyone; or act in a way that may be interpreted as such*
  • Doing nothing is NOT an option: report all concerns and disclosures as soon as possible, following the Concern Reporting Procedure. If someone is in immediate danger, call the police (999).

*It is illegal to have a relationship with someone who is under 18 years old if you are in a position of trust; it is illegal to have a sexual relationship with anyone under the age of 16 whether they give consent or not.

The Code of Conduct should be interpreted in a spirit of integrity, transparency and common sense, with the best interests of children and adults at risk as the primary consideration.

 

Updated April 2018

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2017