Policy Statement

Kent Sport is committed to keeping children and young people safe in sport, by working in partnership with organisations to promote and deliver best practice.

Principles

  • the welfare and safety of children and young people is of primary concern
  • all children have a right to be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect
  • all children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from abuse
  • it is the responsibility of the child protection professionals to determine whether or not abuse has taken place, but it is everyone’s responsibility to report any concerns
  • all incidents of suspected poor practice and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • confidentiality should be upheld in line with the Data Protection Act (1998), and the Freedom of Information Act (2000) and the Protection of Freedoms Act (2012)
  • this policy will be promoted to all staff and volunteers, partners and customers, and will be available on the Kent Sport website and in additional formats as required.

Operational Responsibilities

Kent Sport will:

  • accept the moral and legal responsibility to provide a duty of care to protect and safeguard the wellbeing of children
  • respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children and young people
  • undertake recruitment procedures that take account of the need to protect children and include arrangements for appropriate checks on new staff and volunteers, in accordance with KCC recruitment practice
  • train and supervise its employees and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect young people from abuse, and reduce the likelihood of allegations of abuse against themselves
  • embed safeguarding arrangements into all Kent Sport events and programmes through the use of risk assessments and welfare plans
  • require all staff and volunteers to adopt and abide by this Policy and Procedures, and the Kent Sport Safeguarding Responsibilities (see Appendix H)
  • respond to any allegations and concerns appropriately and implement the appropriate disciplinary and appeals procedures, in accordance with KCC disciplinary procedures
  • promote a culture that ensures that children and young people are listened to and respected as individuals
  • ensure that parents, children, staff and volunteers are provided with information about this policy, what it does, and what they can expect from Kent Sport
  • ensure that parents, children, staff and volunteers are provided with clear procedures to voice their concerns or lodge complaints if they feel unsure or unhappy about anything
  • maintain confidentiality and ensure information is shared as appropriate with other agencies in all cases involving safeguarding, in line with current legislation
  • lead on the production, monitoring and review of this policy and procedures.

Strategic Responsibilities

Kent Sport has a responsibility to ensure that safeguarding arrangements have been considered when working with partner organisations. The Check & Challenge tool can be used to ensure that Kent Sport fulfils these responsibilities.

Responsibilities at all levels of the organisation

All Kent Sport staff and volunteers have a role to play in ensuring that the organisation’s operational and strategic responsibilities are upheld.