Policy Statement

Surrey Squash is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people and “adults at risk” to play squash. It is our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all young people and adults at risk and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.

Read our safeguarding policy in the section below, or download a PDF version here:

Surrey Squash fully adopts the England Squash ‘Safeguarding Young People & Children‘ policy.

We recognise that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard and protect all young people and adults at risk and have therefore developed policy, procedures and guidelines in safeguarding and protecting young people and adults at risk in squash. These apply to all individuals involved, paid or in a voluntary capacity in squash.

If you are worried or have an immediate or historic concern about a child or adult at risk’s safety then please call the NSPCC Helpline number – 0800 800 5000.

England Squash has a comprehensive page on Safe Squash – Please click here to visit their pages. This includes the Code of Conduct for players, coaches, parents, guardians and spectators.

Surrey Squash Safeguarding Officer:

Ryan Whiteley is the Safeguarding Officer for Surrey Squash and can be contacted by email: at [email protected].

Safeguarding of children, young people and ‘adults at risk’

1

Surrey Squash acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and is committed to ensuring that safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU). This policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children, young people and ‘adults at risk’ are paramount in all circumstances.

2

Within our constitutional responsibility as Surrey Squash we aim to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background, all:

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of our sport in a safe and inclusive environment; and
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in squash or racketball activities; including outside of the activity.

3

Surrey Squash acknowledges that some children, young people and ‘adults at risk’, 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.

4

As part of our safeguarding policy Surrey Squash will:

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all participants
  • 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 participants
  • 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 and the inappropriate usage of social media
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

5

Our approach to safeguarding of those involved in squash in Surrey and South West London will be consistent with the policy, procedures and standards expected by our National Governing Body, England Squash. We similarly expect all individual and club members of Surrey Squash to comply.

6

This policy will be reviewed on a yearly basis or before that in the event of any of the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport or England Squash.

Dec 2020