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STBA Youth Bowling Club Child Protection Guidance for Coaches and Officials
All YBC volunteers (including coaches and officials) must not talk to, interview or approach a young person in an isolated location [e.g. – an enclosed space/room] where the young person and the adult will be the only people present. Volunteers must not touch a young person in an inappropriate manner.
Where volunteers have to interview or touch a young person as part of their job e.g. to examine an injury it is good practice and courteous to explain the reason for the contact and to seek consent. For example “You have twisted your knee. I need to examine it to see what damage is done. Is that okay?” Where possible it is good practice to have a chaperone present.
A young person should not feel intimidated, threatened or victimised by the actions of other young people or adults working with the YBC.
Bullying is the use or threat of violence or a pattern of behaviour or abuse of authority with the intent to intimidate. No one should feel threatened
Any child complaining of any form of abuse should be listened to and their concerns treated seriously.
If a YBC coach or official or young person becomes aware that a young person may be being abused, or that a person may be abusing a young person or young people, they will consult with a member of the YBC Committee, or a colleague as soon as possible. A decision will then be taken as to the appropriate action.
Coaches and Officials must use their judgement when young people are disclosing abuse as to how much information that young person should disclose. If a young person wishes to disclose information to a Coach or Official they may listen to the information and if necessary take notes with the young person’s permission. No attempt should be made to question the young person.
Parents/guardians would normally be contacted at the time of referring on any information in connection with a child protection issue.
A succinct record should accurately record any events around child protection issues and disclosures.
This guidance to be reviewed yearly or if current legislation changes.
Child Protection Guidance