Club Resources & Support
Best Practice for clubs
All clubs have a responsibility to their young members in terms of safeguarding. This means the effective recruitment of vetted volunteers who are appropriately trained, the designation of a key contact who will take action, should concerns for a young person arise and the awareness rising of all members in the club about their responsibilities.
England Netball Safeguarding and Protecting young People in Netball Policy
Ensure you are aware of the England Netball Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Netball policy and are abiding by the principles within it. Ensure that all members know how to access this policy and all supporting documents and procedures. All information is available on the Safeguarding section of the England Netball website
Key Contact – Club Safeguarding Officer
Identify a key person as a Club Safeguarding Officer. This person should have a child centred approach, and have completed a 3 hour basic awareness training course (SCUK Safeguarding & Protecting Children). Their name should be clearly visible and communicated around the club (perhaps with a photo) so young people and adult members know who to go to for advice and to report concerns. You may wish to download the club poster below, there is a space to insert your name, contact information and a photo. Please also ensure you give the contact details of your Club Safeguarding Officer to England Netball so we can add you to our database.
Ensure you have safe recruitment procedures in your club. All those who have a position which involves direct involvement with young people should have an enhanced CRB disclosure which is available through England Netball. You should also encourage the use of personal disclosures and obtain references from other places the person may have volunteered if they are new to your club.
Safeguarding Awareness & Training
Ensure all those who have direct contact with young people in your club have completed basic awareness training. Sportscoach UK offer Safeguarding and Protecting Children courses regularly and locally. You will find details on these courses by asking your England Netball Development Officer, England Netball region or your local County Sport Partnership. For committee roles where there is no direct contact with young people, the England Netball online training should be completed. Speak to your England Netball regional coordinator for more details.
Club Safeguarding Officers will be offered free ‘Time to Listen’ training to help them in their role from October 2010. More information will be available on this shortly.
All adult members and young people should know where to go to for guidance and to report a concern. This can be directly through the Club Safeguarding Officer and should also include information on external agencies such as Child Line and the NSPCC 24 hour helpline. These can be printed and displayed in your club, (see downloadable poster) on your website and in relevant paperwork relating to your members. In addition, establish an open communication culture within your club, encourage parents to get involved, invite them to observe some training sessions. Encourage them to take an active and positive role in their childs netball.
Ensure you have Codes of Conduct displayed at your club (where applicable) and available for club members to read. This should cover requirements for young people, parents, players and coaches and officials. Agreed Codes of Conduct ensure that everyone knows the standard expected of them in a club and establishes guidelines for behaviour.
Ensure you are up to date on safeguarding administration in your club. You should have written contact details on all your young players which are held in a secure place by a designated person. Information should only be shared within the club (and England Netball if asked in a disclosure capacity) on a need to know basis and for specific purposes, i.e. a coach running a session or a team manager arranging a fixture. Supporting information on consent forms, photography policies, away trips guidance and many other areas is available on the England Netball website under safeguarding.
Club Volunteer Support
We all know just how much we value our volunteers in netball but how often do we take the time to show an interest in what they are doing, ask them if they could do with some support in their role, or even just thank them?