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CA Safeguarding Policy

This Safeguarding Policy for the Croquet Association was adopted by its Council on 28th January, 2017.

Please also see other information regarding Safeguarding available on the CA website, which includes recommendations and a model safeguarding policy for clubs.

1 Definitions

Children are defined as persons of less than 18 years of age. Adults are legally defined as vulnerable only if they are receiving health or personal care, but the CA recognises that anyone can be subject to abuse and thus this policy should be read with adults as well as children in mind.

Regulated Activity in relation to children means, as far as croquet is concerned, teaching, training or instruction, care or supervision, or driving a vehicle being used only for transporting children, that is carried out by the same person once a week or more, or 4 or more days in 30, or overnight. A fuller definition and discussion of it is contained in the guidance on the CA website.

This policy covers the Croquet Association (CA) in its role as a national governing body and any activity carried out under its auspices. Activities organised by clubs, federations or academies should be covered by their own safeguarding policies, which should include a provision to report any allegations made to the CA's National Safeguarding Officer.

2 Policy Statement

3 Recognising Abuse

This section explains briefly what child abuse is, how to recognise it, and what to do.

3.1 What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is a term used to describe ways in which children are harmed, usually by adults, and includes physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, mental abuse, and bullying.

3.1.1 Physical Abuse

Physical abuse occurs where adults or other children:

3.1.2 Neglect

Neglect includes situations in which adults:

3.1.3 Sexual Abuse

Children are sexually abused when adults or children use them to meet their own sexual needs. Examples:

3.1.4 Mental Abuse

When children are:

3.1.5 Bullying

May be carried out by adults or by other children:

4 How to Recognise if a Child is being Abused

It is not always easy to spot when children have been abused. However, typical symptoms would include:

Although a child may be displaying some or all of these signs, it does not necessarily mean the child is being abused.

5 Scrutiny

All those who have or are likely to have significant contact with under-18s will be subject to scrutiny. Such persons must provide to the CA's National Safeguarding Officer

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be requested for anyone engaging in regulated activity. It is a condition of the award of CA Coaching Qualifications that any coach who has not been DBS checked must notify the CA's Safeguarding Officer to arrange to undergo a check before engaging in regulated activity.

6 Prevention of Abuse

This section offers advice aimed at protecting children from abuse and members from false allegations.

The person appointed by the CA to manage an activity will point out to parents of under-18s who take part in activities that the CA will take every possible care of children but they cannot be deemed to be in loco parentis.

6.1 Good Practice Guide

Opportunities for abuse can be minimised, and members can be protected against allegations, by the use of good practice.

6.2 You Should Never

7 What to do if there are Allegations of Abuse

Where there is an allegation of abuse, there may be three types of investigation:

7.1 Action if a Child Complains He/She is being Abused

7.1.1 Always

to the police if you think the child is in immediate danger;

to the local authority child protection team; and

to the CA's National Safeguarding Officer, who will inform the CA's Hon. Secretary of any concerns.

7.1.2 Never

7.1.3 Why Should I Intervene?

7.1.4 Recording Information

8 Written Parental/Guardian Consent

Where a child is to take part in an away match or event a written parental consent form should be obtained. Likewise, if photographs are to be taken for training purposes or publication the parent/guardian's permission must be obtained and no addresses, emails or telephone numbers must be publicised.

9 CA Safeguarding Officer

The CA's national officer with responsibility for safeguarding is Jean Hargreaves, 9 St. Paul's Rd., Salford, M7 3NY, tel: 0161 792 4694, or e-mail.

Please contact her with any queries.