Louth Hockey Club
SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTING YOUNG PEOPLE IN HOCKEY
Louth Hockey Club adopts England Hockey’s Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy and works in accordance with the following statement:
Louth Hockey Club is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people involved in hockey. It accepts its responsibility to help safeguard the welfare of all young people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.
Every individual and organisation within the Hockey Family has a role and responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of young people. The Hockey Family is defined below.
Louth Hockey Club as a provider of opportunities for young people in hockey accepts that we are required to fulfil our duty of care which means that we must do everything that can be reasonably expected of us to help safeguard and protect young people from any reasonably foreseeable harm.
Hockey Family - all individuals, clubs, associations, and other organisations involved in any capacity in the game of hockey, and whether or not members of England Hockey. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all players and anyone working within hockey (in a paid or voluntary capacity, and whether as an employee or on a self-employed or other work basis) including all coaches, umpires, referees and other officials.
Young People - anyone under the age of 18
Obligations under this policy:
Everyone within Louth Hockey Club must act in accordance with:
- The use of CRB checks in recruitment and employment
- Taking and use of photographic and recorded images of young people;
Affiliation to England Hockey will evidence agreement of these obligations by the club and membership of Louth Hockey Club will evidence agreement by the Hockey Family
Louth Hockey Club has in addition, adopted and implemented our own:
Everyone within the Louth Hockey Club must also:
For clarity, policies, procedures and good practice relating to the safeguarding of young people in hockey need to be applied both in relation to activities for young people specifically and where young people may be involved within the adult game. For example, where players or umpires under 18 years of age are incorporated into adult team hockey.
England Hockey’s Role:
As the national governing body, England Hockey will publicise and promote within hockey its Safeguarding Young People Policy, Procedures and Good Practice Guidance. It will also support its affiliated clubs and associations in adopting and implementing their own policies by producing template policies and procedures and through access to appropriate training and education opportunities.
England Hockey is committed to ensuring that concerns relating to the safety and welfare of young people in hockey are taken seriously and acted upon swiftly and appropriately. To achieve this, England Hockey has developed procedures for reporting concerns.
England Hockey recognises the roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies in safeguarding young people and the responsibilities and expertise of the relevant agencies in determining whether young people have, or may have, been abused or otherwise harmed. England Hockey is committed to complying with the procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB’s) . Accordingly, England Hockey will work co-operatively with the relevant statutory agencies on matters relating to safeguarding young people and where England Hockey receives report of a concern, it will refer the matter to the relevant statutory agency where appropriate.
England Hockey is also committed where appropriate, to directly challenging conduct within hockey that is, or may be, harmful to young people. It may, therefore, instigate proceedings under its own Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations where concerns or complaints are raised (by sources internal or external to hockey) relating to the safety and welfare of young people. England Hockey will take action against any person or organisation within its jurisdiction whose conduct is found to have harmed a young person in hockey or whose conduct (within or outside hockey) poses or may pose a risk of harm to young people in hockey. England Hockey may also refer matters back to a club for resolution at club level where appropriate.
Louth Hockey Club will follow England Hockey’s Reporting Procedures and will make all their members aware that they are subject to the above Regulations if there is a breach of the Policy.
General Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Principles:
Guidance and Legislation:
The practices and procedures within this policy and documentation are based on the principles contained within UK and International legislation and Government guidance and have been designed to complement Local Safeguarding Children Boards procedures and take the following into consideration
Policy adopted by the Louth Hockey Committee on 23rd September 2008