Child Welfare Policy

OLICANA GYMNASTICS ACADEMY & OLICANA GYMNASTICS CLUB CHILD PROTECTION, SAFEGUARDING & WELFARE POLICIES

1. AIMS

We are committed to ensuring that we adopt best practice to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all children taking part in gymnastics classes. All children regardless of age, culture, disability, gender and racial origin have a right to protection from abuse.

2. PRACTICES

2.1 General

1. The adoption of the British Gymnastics (BG) guidelines for health, safety and welfare and the protection of children and vulnerable adults.
2. The appointment of a welfare officer Dawn Leonard to whom all issues can be discussed with in confidence.
3. There will be zero tolerance for bullying and abuse both physical and verbal. Any suspicions and allegations will be taken very seriously and responded to swiftly.
4. Any accidents requiring medical attention and incidents occurring will be recorded in a log book.

2.2 Staff

1. Ensuring that all staff and adult volunteers are suitably trained and regularly updated on child protection, health and safety issues.
2. Ensuring that all staff and adult volunteers have adequate training and/or qualifications to conduct their roles competently and follow coaching guidelines.
3. Ensuring that all staff and adult volunteers have been screened where appropriate to confirm their suitability to work with children. This may include Criminal Record Bureau disclosure.

2.3 Training sessions

1. There will always be a minimum of 2 responsible persons at each training session and a person with emergency first aid training present.
2. Photography or videoing during training or events will not be undertaken without prior consent from parents, guardians and participants.
3. Training will take place in an open environment encouraging two way feedback.
4. Sessions will be fun, enjoyable and develop children’s gymnastics potential. Some gymnastics moves may require close physical contact between coach and gymnast and where this is provided it will be done in accordance with British Gymnastics coaching guidelines. It will be ensured that gymnasts are happy to receive manual support otherwise coaches will refrain and offer an alternative coaching method.
5. The coach to gymnast ratio will be in accordance with BG guidelines.

3. ISSUES & PROCEDURES

Any issues or concerns should be directed to the Club Welfare Officer below by email or pre arranged meeting in person. The Welfare Officer will look at the issue in accordance with BG Child Protection Procedures and will make a note of the outcome.

Club Welfare Officer: Dawn Leonard
Email: dawn_leonard@live.com

4. ANTI BULLYING POLICY

We will not tolerate any forms of bullying of any kind and anyone (gymnasts, coaches, officials or parents) failing to meet our standards will receive a verbal warning. If this has no impact then a written warning will be issued. If unacceptable behaviour continues we will suspend or expel the person.

Examples of bullying could include:

- verbal and emotional
- physical
- racist, homophobic or sexual
- cyber.

5. EQUALITY POLICY

We are committed to the principles of equity and good ethical and moral frameworks. Club membership is open to all without discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability (unless considered unsafe for the activity).

Our principles:

- all persons must respect the rights, dignity and worth of every human being
- all persons must be treated fairly and equally regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, disability and religion.

We adopt the British Gymnastics Equality policy.


Josette Cornish
Head Coach
June 2018






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