Child Protection & Wellbeing

Child Protection & Wellbeing

Netball Scotland is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care.  We recognise the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.  Netball Scotland is working in conjunction with each of the organisations above, as well as in partnership with sportscotland to protect our children.  Click on each of the logos above to be connected to their websites.

Netball Scotland believes that all members, clubs and associations have a responsibility to help protect young people and incorporate good practice as an essential element to ensure this happens.

It is a BENEFIT of being AFFILIATED to Netball Scotland that our members can access the services of VSDS (Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services).  To find our Child Protection Downloads (including Club Child Protection Officer Roles & Responsibilites, examples of good practice of Child Protection Policies, Useful Contact Information and MUCH, MUCH more) please login to the Members & Events Portal using your unique member login details, and visit the Documents section of the system.  Should you have any difficulty in locating your membership information, please contact Gillian Taylor (Membership and Communications Manager) on 0141 428 3460 or membership@netballscotland.com

We hope that the information and documents found in this section will assist you as we all work together toward a safer environment for the future of netball.

Should you require any further information or wish to discuss any of the information outlined, please contact Netball Scotland via 0141 428 3460.

Through their partnership with Children 1st, sportscotland host a variety of Safeguarding Training opportunities (Including Safeguarding and Protecting Children & In Safe Hands courses (For Child Protection Officers) throughout the year.  Please visit their website – Safeguarding Training – for the full listing.  Please also visit Children 1st for more information on training.

Organisation Contact details Website
ChildLine 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
Safeguarding in Sport Service 0141 418 5674 www.safeguardinginsport.org.uk
CHILDREN 1ST 0131 446 2300 www.children1st.org.uk
Netball Scotland 0141 428 3460 membership@netballscotland.com
Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 www.samaritans.org
respectme (anti bullying) 0800 441111 www.respectme.org.uk
ParentLine Scotland 0800 028 2233 www.parentlinescotland.org.uk
sportscotland 0141 534 6500 www.sportscotland.org.uk
NSPCC 24 hour helpline 0808 800 5000 www.nspcc.org.uk

 

All of the above are national helplines but should you need to contact a local helpline please use the link below, where you will find useful contact numbers for police and Social work services

http://www.children1st.org.uk/services/131/emergency-numbers

Netball Scotland is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care.   Recognising the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation, Netball Scotland works in partnership with Volunteer Scotland, Children 1st, and sportscotland to protect all children participating in its affiliated clubs.   Through the support of our Child Protection & Wellbeing Officer Carol Harvey, together with our Regional Development Manager network, our members are provided with guidance and support to ensure all clubs working with children have robust policies and procedures in place to allow children to enjoy netball in a safe environment.

Our advice to clubs with junior members would be to ensure that you have:

  • A named contact for the co-ordination of child protection, with a role description, who has attended recommended training
  • A Child Protection Policy which reflects national guidelines, adopted by the Board / Executive / Management Committee.
  • A Code of Conduct for working with children and young people.
  • A variety of child protection training offered at appropriate levels for those working or volunteering with children and young people in sport.
  • A procedure for the recruitment and selection of those who work with children and young people, including access to PVG Scheme Membership checks.
  • A procedure for responding to concerns about the welfare or abuse of a child- within or out with sport.
  • A disciplinary procedure for managing concerns and allegations of poor practice, misconduct and child abuse and includes provision for referrals to the Children’s List.
  • A procedure for reviewing the management of concerns about poor practice, misconduct and / or child abuse.

If somebody raises child protection concerns in relation to a coach / volunteer who is currently practicing, then you should follow your ‘Responding to Concerns’ procedure.  If it is a historical allegation, then you should follow the same procedure and signpost the individual to Police Scotland on ‘101’.  If you have a concern about a child’s immediate safety, then this should be passed on to Police or Social Work.

There are copies of example versions of the above-mentioned policies and documents i.e. Club Code of Conduct, Club Child Protection Policy, CPO Role Description, etc. can be accessed by all affiliated clubs and members via the Documents tab of the Members & Events Portal, accessed by each member using their unique username and password.  If you require a reminder of these login details, please contact Gillian Taylor via 0141 428 3460 or membership@netballscotland.com

 

Sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on children and young people however in light of recent media coverage of allegations of child abuse in football, parents and carers from across all sports may have increased anxiety about child protection.  The vast majority of adults involved in youth sport are there with good intentions and are keen to promote the wellbeing and protection of children and young people. Coaches may often be the people who identify and act on concerns about a child’s wellbeing.

To-date much of the media’s attention has centred around historic allegations. Most sports organisations now have far more robust child protection procedures in place, including systems by which they recruit coaches and volunteers.  However, we would encourage all parents and carers to familiarise themselves with the child protection processes in place in the clubs their children attend.

Some key questions to ask are:

  • Does your club have a named contact for the co-ordination of child protection, with a role description, who has attended recommended training?
  • Does the club have a Child Protection Policy which reflects national guidelines, adopted by the Board / Executive / Management Committee?
  • Does the club have a Code of Conduct for working with children and young people?
  • Does the club offer a variety of child protection training at appropriate levels for those working or volunteering with children and young people in sport?
  • Does the club have a procedure for the recruitment and selection of those who work with children and young people, including access to PVG Scheme Membership checks?
  • Does the club have a procedure for responding to concerns about the welfare or abuse of a child- within or out with sport?
  • Is the club affiliated to a national governing body?  Does this governing body have a Lead Child Protection Officer?

If parents or carers have a child protection concern about a coach / volunteer who is currently practicing or a concern about a child’s immediate safety, then they should contact the club child protection officer and share their concerns with Police Scotland on 101.

Members, as you will be aware, Netball Scotland is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in our care.   Recognising the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation, Netball Scotland works in partnership with Children 1st and sportscotland to protect all children participating in our affiliated clubs.   Through the support of our Regional Development Manager network, our members are provided with guidance and support to ensure all clubs working with children have robust policies and procedures in place to allow children to enjoy netball in a safe environment.

Many of you will remember the historic allegations of child abuse within Scottish sport which hit the media headlines last year.  Thankfully, our sport has a long history of being a safe place for children to grow and develop their love of netball, and we remain committed to ensuring that this continues. Therefore, it is critical that we remain vigilant and that every Club and individual involved in netball works together to protect all children placed in their care.

To do this, it is imperative that all changes to coaching and management personnel carrying out regulated work within clubs are communicated immediately to Netball Scotland and that appropriate PVG checks are carried out as soon as possible, and before they become active.  Please remember that although many individuals may be in possession of a PVG related to their field of employment or other voluntary work, they MUST still apply for a PVG Scheme Update for their role within your club. DON’T DELAY, ACT TODAY!

As a membership benefit, Netball Scotland provides the expertise and resources to assist you with this process.  Please utilise the information above and exercise this benefit to ensure your club is a positive and protected club.

Thank you for your continued support in enforcing the highest standards of child protection and welfare within your Clubs, keeping our sport and its people safe. It is all of our responsibility to protect our children, and together we will #SucceedAsATeam

Claire Nelson

CEO

Netball Scotland

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