HAVERING MAYESBROOK AC
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT
Havering Mayesbrook AC will endeavour at all times through its provision of coaching to:
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CHILDREN, COACHES AND HELPERS
To reduce the likely situations for abuse of children and to help protect the coaches and helpers from false accusations of abuse, everyone should be aware of the following guidelines.
As a general rule it is not sensible to:
spend excessive amounts of time alone with children away from others;
take children alone on a car journey, however short;
take children to their home.
arise when the above is unavoidable, such instances should occur with the full
knowledge and consent of the child’s parent/guardian.
Coaches and Helpers
ensure that the parent/guardian collects the child.
For the older child who may wish to travel to the track, circuit training or race on their own, written permission from the parent/guardian must be obtained.
Coaches and Helpers
Leave a child alone with someone else.
Be alone with a child in the changing room.
Treat a child for an injury alone and away from others.
Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
Let allegations a child makes go unchallenged or unrecorded.
For trips such as a
weekend competition, where a child will be travelling without a parent,
additional steps should be taken to ensure the welfare and protection of the
The following guidelines for the trip should be observed:
ALLEGATIONS OR SUSPICIONS OF ABUSE
In all cases where an allegation of abuse is made against a member of the club, a record of the incident must be made, using the Child Protection Report form. Copies of this form are available from either Child Protection Officer. Once completed it should be given to the club’s Child Protection Officer/s who will record it in the Incident Record Book. Further investigation will be the responsibility of the clubs Child Protection Officer/s.
This report contains:
Name of the child
The age of the child
The parent’s name
Home address and
Nature of the concern:
The Child Protection Officer/s will assess all allegations promptly and decide on appropriate action.
If it is a concern by a coach, team manager or helper as to the possible abuse of a child then they will report the concerns to the Child Protection Officer/s, on the Child Protection Report form. The CPO will investigate and after consultation report the concerns to Social Services and other agencies.
Full documentation will be kept. All information will be treated as confidential and held securely by the Child Protection Officer/s.
The Child Protection Officer/s for Havering Mayesbrook AC will be responsible for:
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Havering Mayesbrook AC Child
Protection Officers currently are:
PAT WELLS – Mayesbrook Arena
CHARLES MUSTOO – Hornchurch Stadium
DO treat everyone with respect.
DO provide an example you wish to follow.
DO run coaching sessions in sight or hearing of others.
DO respect a young person's right to privacy.
DO provide access for young people and adults to feel comfortable enough to point out attitudes or behaviour they do not like and provide a caring atmosphere.
DO maintain a healthy adult lifestyle.
DO use common sense in selecting subjects to demonstrate skills on.
DO remember that someone else might misinterpret your actions, no matter how well intentioned.
DO recognise that caution is required especially in sensitive moments of counselling such as when dealing with bullying, bereavement or abuse.
DO have separate sleeping accommodation for coaches and children.
DO NOT permit abusive youth peer activities (e.g. ridiculing, bullying).
DO NOT have inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others.
DO NOT jump to conclusions about others without checking facts.
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DO NOT allow yourself to be drawn into inappropriate attention seeking behaviour such as tantrums or crushes but deal firmly and fairly with such behaviour at all times.
DO NOT exaggerate or trivialise child abuse issues.
DO NOT show favouritism to any individual.
DO NOT make any suggestive remarks or gestures or tell jokes or stories of a ‘smutty’ nature to children.
DO NOT rely on your good name to protect you - it may not be enough!
DO NOT believe "it can never happen to me" - it can!
DO NOT get close to or have physical contact with a young person without clearly explaining what you are doing (e.g. correcting position of a foot in a throw or a stretching routine etc.).
All adults coaching, managing teams, helping or coming into contact with children or young people under the aegis of activities of Havering Mayesbrook AC must comply with the Child Protection Policy and Code of Behaviour of the Club.
As one such person you are required to sign a copy of this document. By signing you agree to comply with the Policy and to follow the Code of Behaviour. The signed form should be returned to a Child Protection Officer. Havering Mayesbrook AC accepts that in matters concerning child protection the welfare of the child is the paramount consideration.
It is the policy of Havering Mayesbrook AC to safeguard the welfare of the children and all others involved in its activities by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
Everyone coaching, and helping with children and young people will be required to disclose all convictions, whether spent or not.
Anyone involved with an offence involving abuse or causing harm to children will be subject to disciplinary action, which could include expulsion from Havering Mayesbrook AC and prohibition from participating in the activities of the Club and include notifying the appropriate authority.
Persons against whom
allegations of such offences have been made, which appear well founded, will be
denied access to children even though they may not have been convicted of a
relevant offence. Any person so accused does have the right to appeal against
If you suspect a
child is being abused:
1a. immediately tell a Child Protection Officer.
2a. record the facts as you know them on a CPR form and give a copy to your Child Protection Officer.
3a. ensure that the child has access to an independent adult.
4a. ensure that no
other situation arises which could cause any further concern.
a child discloses to you abuse by someone else:
1a. allow the child to speak without interruption, accepting what is said.
2b. alleviate feeling of guilt isolation, while passing no judgement.
3b. advise that you will try to offer support, but that you must pass the information on.
4b. same steps as 1a-4a
as in suspecting a child is being abused.
If you receive an
allegation about any adult or about yourself:
1c. immediately tell your Child Protection Officer.
2c. record the facts as you know them on a CPR form and give a copy to your Child Protection Officer.
3c. try to ensure that no-one is placed in a position which could cause further compromise.
report and refer any abuse; you must not investigate.
Name of Person making report
Name of Child
Nature of Concern
Is the person making the report expressing their concerns or passing on concerns of someone else.
What has prompted the concerns. Are signs physical, behavioural, indirect or a mixture.
Details of incident/s, giving dates and times.
the child been spoken to? If so, what was said.
the parents/guardian been contacted? If so what was said.
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