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Acocks Green YBC

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Youth Bowling Club

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Safeguarding Policy

Acocks Green YBC endorses and supports the Child Protection Plan of the British Tenpin Bowling Association.  

 

The Policy below is to be used at Club Level, any complainant has the right to go to the County Association or directly to the BTBA should they wish but we would hope that things could be sorted out ‘in house’

 

Our Safeguarding Policy (Child Protection Policy) 

 

This policy applies to all Officials, Instructors, Licensed helpers, bowlers & parents of bowlers of Acocks Green Youth Bowing Club

 

The purpose of this policy is:

•to protect children and young people who attend Acocks Green Youth Bowling Club

•to provide volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding

•to provide a safe environment for the enjoyment of the sport of  Ten Pin Bowling

 

Acocks Green Youth Bowling Club believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and keep them safe.. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

 

Legal Framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

•Children Act 1989

•United Convention of Rights of the Child 1991

•Data Protection Act 1998

•Sexual Offences act 2003

•Children Act 2004

•Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

•Relevant Government guidance on the safeguarding of children

 

We recognize that:

•The welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989

•All children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from al types of harm or abuse.

•Some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, or communication needs or other issues.

•Working in partnership with children, young people, and their parents, careers and other agencies is essential in promoting young peoples welfare.

 

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

•valuing them, listening to and respecting them

•adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for officials, volunteers, children and their parents.

•recruiting officials, instructors, licensed helpers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made

•sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, officials, instructors and licensed helpers

•sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents  and children  appropriately

 

We wish to

• Establish supportive, positive environments to encourage healthy competition, skill development, fun and achievement

 

We ask the following in return:

•Respect the dignity and spirit of other members

•Treat all members fairly

•Avoid any contact or conduct that may be interpreted as having sexual connotations or which the sport defines as inappropriate

•Do not take part in or tolerate any behaviour that frightens, embarrasses or demoralises a member or that negatively affects their self esteem

•Do not take part in or tolerate acts of aggression – report them to the Club’s Child Protection Officer

•Be prepared to intervene if you think a child or young person under 18 is being abused or neglected – report any incidences to the Club’s Child Support Officer

•Practice fair play both during and outside of all sports activities. 'Fair play' is defined as showing considerate regard for members, officials, volunteers, parents and spectators; abiding by the rules of the sport; abiding by the officials' decisions

•Adhere to the rule and policies of The British Tenpin Bowling Association (BTBA)

•Report any incidents which you feel may need investigating to the Club’s Child Protection Officer

•Enjoy Yourself

 

Recognising Abuse

Abuse may take the form of

 

Physical Abuse.

•Physical abuse may involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning, suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.

 

Emotional Abuse.

Emotional abuse is the persistent emotional ill treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent effects on the child’s emotional development, and may involve:

•Conveying to a child that s/he is worthless, unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as s/he meets the needs of another person

•Imposing developmentally inappropriate expectations e.g. interactions beyond the child’s developmental capability, overprotection, limitation of exploration and learning, preventing the child from participation in normal social interaction

•Causing a child to feel frightened or in danger e.g. witnessing domestic violence, seeing or hearing the ill treatment of another

•Exploitation or corruption of a child

 

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child to take part in sexual activities, whether or not they are aware of what is happening.

Sexual activities may also include non-contact activities, e.g. involving a child in looking at / production of abusive images, watching sexual activities or encouraging her/him to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.  It may include use of photos, pictures, cartoons, literature or sound recordings via internet, books, magazines, audio cassettes, tapes or CDs.

Neglect.

Neglect is defined as the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health and development.

Neglect may involve failure to:

•Provide adequate food, clothing or shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment)

•Protect from physical and emotional harm or danger

•Meet or respond to basic emotional needs

•Ensure adequate supervision including the use of adequate care-takers

•Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment

•Ensure that her/his educational needs are met

•Ensure that her/his opportunities for intellectual stimulation are met

 

The following fall within these categories and will under no circumstances be tolerated

 

Bullying

The following definitions are extracted from various Child Protection sites on the web

Bullying is a behavior that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home, or online. It is usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally. Bullying that happens on line, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called ‘cyber bullying”. A child can feel like there is no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time day or night.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse happens when someone regularly behave nastily to you.

It could be someone you care about, someone who looks after you, or someone you often have to spend time with.

 

Emotional abuse includes, but is not restricted to, when someone:

•Calls you names or keeps shouting at you even if you have done nothing wrong.

•Puts you down or says you aren’t good enough.

•Makes nasty comments about you to others knowing that you can hear them.

•Ignores you or leaves you out of things.

•Says or does things that make you feel bad about yourself.

•Pushes you away or makes you feel that you don’t belong.

•Tries to control you or push you too hard.

•Treats you differently from everyone else.

•Encourages any one else to treat you in any of the above ways.

 

Cyber Bullying

Includes:

•Sending abusive or threatening text messages.

•Creating and sharing embarrassing images or videos.

•“Trolling” - the sending of menacing or upsetting messages on social networks, chat rooms or on line games.

•Excluding children from online games, activities or friendship groups.

•Setting up hate sites or groups about a particular child.

•Encouraging people to self harm.

•Voting for or against someone in an abusive poll.

•Creating fake accounts, hijacking or stealing online identities to embarrass a young person or cause trouble using their name.

•Sending explicit messages (sexting).

•Pressuring children into sending sexual images or engaging in sexual conversations.

 

Long term effects of abuse

•emotional difficulties such as anger, anxiety, sadness or low self-esteem

•mental health problems such as depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self harm, suicidal thoughts

•problems with drugs or alcohol

•disturbing thoughts, emotions and memories that cause distress or confusion

•poor physical health such as obesity, aches and pains

•struggling with parenting or relationships

•worrying that their abuser is still a threat to themselves or others

•learning difficulties, lower educational attainment, difficulties in communicating

•behavioural problems including anti-social behaviour, criminal behaviour.

 

Signs of abuse include

•becoming aggressive

•displaying anti-social behaviour

•suffering from depression or anxiety

•not doing as well at school

•they might avoid being alone with people, such as family members or friends

•they could seem frightened of a person or reluctant to socialise with them.

•showing sexual behaviour that's inappropriate for their age

•they could use sexual language or know information that you wouldn't expect them to.

 

Complaint Procedure

 

Stage One

In the first instance if anyone suspects that a child/young adult is being bullied or abused by another person they should speak to the Club Child Support Officer (CPO) or another Official.

If the matter can be resolved amicably at the time to the satisfaction of the complainant there is no reason to proceed further.

 

Stage Two

If the matter cannot be resolved the complainant will be asked to either:

•Put the complaint in writing and submit it to the Child Protection Officer or Club Secretary.

•Sit down with the Child protection Officer or any other Club Official and discuss the matter. The Child protection Officer or Club Official will make notes of the discussion which will then be filed in the CPP folder

If it is considered at any time that the child/young adult is in danger of actual bodily harm, the matter must be referred immediately to either the Police or one of the local child protection services. A list of local contact numbers is attached at the end of this policy.

If it considered that at that time a club member is being subjected to bulling or abuse from another bowler, then the offending bowler will be asked to leave the club until further enquiries have been carried out.

If further action is required the informant and any other person involved in the complaint will be given written notification within 7 days of what further action is to be taken.

If the complaint is about any Club Official the matter will be referred in the first instance to the Warwickshire County Association Child Protection Officer.

The County CPO will then decide if it can be dealt with at County level or must be referred to the BTBA.  The Official concerned will be asked to absent themselves from AGYBC until any enquiry has been completed.

 

Stage 3 – Enquiry

If in the opinion of the CPO an enquiry is required both parties and the parents will be given two weeks notice of the time and date of the enquiry.

This will be transmitted by email where possible so that a record may be kept.

They will be asked to submit whatever evidence they feel may be appropriate within one week so that the investigating Officials have time to review it.

The enquiry will be normally be carried out by the CPO and one other Official, preferably one of the parent reps. Either party has the right to ask a representative from the County Association to sit in as an independent witness. This witness will take no part in the investigation.

If the matter is subsequently elevated to County level they may, at the discretion of the County CPO, be allowed to ask for an Independent witness from The BTBA.

Independent witnesses from the BTBA will not be invited to or allowed at internal club enquiries.

A record/report of the enquiry will be completed an kept on the Child Protection folder in the secure Club locker. The report will be countersigned by the both the CPO and whichever other Official was in attendance.

The findings of the enquiry will be forwarded to the full committee within 3 days along with recommendations for any disciplinary action required. The full Committee will then decide on what action it wishes to take, and will notify all parties of the outcome by email within 14 days of the date of the enquiry

Emergency Contact Numbers

 

Police

101 or in circumstances where a child is considered to be in immediate danger 999

 

Birmingham City Council

0121 303 1888 – office hours only

0121 464 9001 – outside office hours

http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/child-protection

 

Solihull MBC

0121 788 4333 - office hours

0121 605 6060 – outside office hours

https://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/ChildrensSocialWorkServiceReferral

 

NSPCC 

0800 800 5000

Text on 8885000

help@nspcc.org.uk

We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually.

 

This policy was last reviewed on: 14th February 2018