These are the measures we have in place to protect people from abuse and maltreatment of any kind.
Inclusive Skating adopts the guidance from, the Charity Commission, which describes safeguarding as meaning, “the range of measures in place to protect people in a charity, or those it comes into contact with, from abuse and maltreatment of any kind.”
Therefore, we take reasonable steps to safeguard and protect all beneficiaries from abuse, even when these are not children and vulnerable adults. Our Code of Conduct for Officials, which includes our safeguarding policy applies to everyone.
We also adopt the very highest standards of safeguarding. We apply all relevant standards of safeguarding including those of organisations that we are affiliated to, or associated with. Therefore the British Ice Skating Safeguarding and complaints and Disciplinary Policies and all relevant UK Sport, Sports coach UK, CPSU Policies apply also. In the event of any conflict our Code of Conduct for Officials defaults to whatever is the higher standard. Our policies apply world-wide.
Inclusive Skating is registered with Volunteer Scotland for the purposes of Disclosure Scotland. We can therefore provide Free PVG checks for all our volunteer activities supporters in Scotland.
We are also able to conduct DBS and PVG checks through our membership of the Welsh Sports Association. This provides checks in over 150 countries through Vibrant Nation. Therefore, in whatever country our volunteers operate we will seek to conduct safeguarding checks.
Please refer to the Welsh Sports Association for our Codes of Conduct Guidance and Templates on Social Media, Coaches, Players and Committe Members. For these Safeguarding Templates please click here
A short Safeguarding for adults training video provided by Club Matters is available on this link
The unified classified skating class provides those with mental health challenges the opportunities to compete and participate with additional support. This is provided on a case by case basis and is discussed at classification.
Volunteers are encouraged to take the mental health awareness training course available through 1st 4 sport and MIND.
Volunteers and participants should follow the Thriving at Work: implementing good standards in the sport and physical activity sector. These standards are supported by DCMS and Sport England. A guide to their implementation is available.
Please treat all these resources as training materials. Additional regular training on safeguarding should be completed by all participants and volunteers. Everyone has safeguarding responsibilities.
Additional links for additional resources include;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLaHfZgSOYY provides links to videos from Childline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-PuJiPfrJ0 R.A Dickey personal story of overcoming sexual abuse
https://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/videos/surviving-abuse-bbc-5-live-broadcast/ surviving abuse - CPSU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgi1ole4BB0&t=4s the magic sports kit
https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/introduction-to-safeguarding/ CPSU introduction to safeguarding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXaC6XOUY70 what can we do about child abuse - NSPCC video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbkkJGNyVwU&t=150s responding to physical concerns
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi80plpJyyQ responding to concerns about sexual abuse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrAwP79Dmn8 Say something- NSPCC advert
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLFMl-E_z6o Football clubs accused of covering up sexual abuse allegations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLVfobsoXhI Ally Raisman testimony in the Larry Nasser US Gymnastics Doctor Abuse Case section
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj1AU5hpyKY Ally Raisman testimony in the Larry Nasser US Gymnastics Doctor Abuse Case impact statement
Summary of What to Do
In summary, this is what you need to do when you are facing a child protection issue (Remember there may be a specific protocol in your country/area):
1. Stay Calm: Stay calm, particularly if a child comes to you with a concern.
thing by telling you and that you take them seriously
3. Be Honest about Confidentiality: Make sure they understand that you may have to share the information with other people, so you can get help
4. Ask, But Don’t Overwhelm: Ask questions if clarification is needed, but do not overwhelm
5. Listen and Remember: Listen and remember as much information as possible. You will have to write a report afterwards
6. Do Not Confront: Do not approach the alleged abuser
7. Report: Report the incident to the club’s welfare or child protection officer
8. If at Risk, Call the Police: Only in extreme circumstances when the child is at imminent risk, contact the police or social services and stay with the child until they arrive
Remember, your job is to listen to the concern as carefully as possible, so you can relate it to the child protection officer. They will liaise with parents and the relevant authorities. But let me say this again: your job is not to fix it or to confront the abuser.
Other Coaches / Volunteers
A special case is when you have a concern about another coach or volunteer at your club. The reporting process is similar, but what will happen after may vary. In this case you should also report it to the club welfare officer. They will investigate it further and decide if the incident does not warrant further attention, whether it is just a case of mal-practice that can be solved through a warning and further training, or whether they have to contact the relevant authorities to escalate the issue.
https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/case-management/ Case management model for process on managing a case of suspected abuse