HAWKS CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

Glasgow Hawks is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. For the purposes of this policy and associated procedures a child is someone under the age of 18 years.
Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.
The policy if based on the following principles:
• The welfare of children is the primary concern.
• All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse.
• Child protection is everyone's responsibility.
• Children have the right to express views on all matters which affect them, should they wish to do so.
• Organisations shall work in partnership together with children and parents/carers to promote the welfare, health and development of children.
Glasgow Hawks will:
• Promote the health and welfare of children by providing opportunities to take part in rugby safely.
• Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children.
• Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse.
• Recruit, train, support and supervise its staff, members and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to reduce risk to themselves.
• Require staff, members and volunteers to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy and these procedures.
• Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this Policy and these procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures.
• Observe guidelines issued by local Child Protection Committees for the protection of children.
• Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this Policy and these procedures.

Review
This Policy and these Procedures will be regularly reviewed:
• In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the protection of children or following any changes within Scottish Rugby.
• Following any issues or concerns raised about the protection of children within Scottish Rugby
• In all other circumstances, at least every three years.

ASSOCIATED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Club Recruitment Policy
Club Code of Conduct
Are You Ready To Play Rugby (Scottish Rugby)
Age-Grade Law variations and regulations (Scottish Rugby)
Welfare and Child Protection Guidelines
Responding to Concerns procedures


KEY CONTACTS

In line with its obligations under the Scottish Rugby Participation agreement a child protection officer (CPO) has been appointed to co-ordinate child protection and welfare on behalf of Glasgow Hawks and to provide a main point of contact for staff and volunteers, parents and children in need of support, advice or training or if they need to report a concern.


Bob Coats 07941 545139.
bobcoats@sky.com


Although matters relating to the welfare of children at Glasgow Hawks should ordinarily be referred in the first instance to the club CPO the Scottish Rugby Lead officer for Child Protection and Welfare may also be contacted for support and advice on any child protection matter by any CPO, child, parent, staff member or volunteer at any time.

SRU Contact Details:
Karen Burnett | Lead Child Protection Officer
Scottish Rugby | BT Murrayfield Stadium | Edinburgh | EH12 5PJ | Tel: 0131 346 5000 | DL: 0131 346 5168 | Mob: 07764 772245| karen.burnett@sru.org.uk | www.scottishrugby.org

Scottish Rugby acts as the umbrella body for the purposes of processing applications for the disclosure check of volunteers working with children at rugby clubs in Scotland. Accordingly a PVG administrator has been appointed to process applications for club volunteers and to advise and support Club Child Protection officers on matters relating to the PVG scheme.

Kathleen E Munroe| Governance Administrator | Scottish Rugby | BT Murrayfield Stadium | Edinburgh | EH12 5PJ
Tel: 0131 346 5000 | DL: +44 (0)131 346 5102 | Mob: 07753 898994 | Fax: +44 (0)131 346 5090 | kathleen.munroe@sru.org.uk


The human resources department is responsible for the implementation of appropriate recruitment procedures and PVG applications for contracted staff.

Julie Gemmell| Head of Human Resources | Scottish Rugby | BT Murrayfield Stadium | Edinburgh | EH12 5PJ
Tel: 0131 346 5000 | DL: 0131 346 5017 | Mob: 07772 839 713 | Fax: 0131 346 5050 | julie.gemmell@sru.org.uk

Situations where the immediate safety of a child and/or children is a concern should be reported without delay to the appropriate statutory agency – the local police and/or social services child protection team.


POLICE SCOTLAND: 0141 532 4100

GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL SOCIAL CARE DIRECT:
Tel: 0141 287 0555
Email: scdchildrenandfamilies@glasgow.gov.uk

Role Profiles
Club Child Protection Officer

Responsibilities
:
 Implement the Scottish Rugby/Club child protection policy and procedures.
 Implement and administer the disclosure checking of volunteers undertaking regulated work on behalf of the club through the PVG scheme in partnership with Scottish Rugby.
 Encourage good practice by promoting and championing the child protection policy and procedures.
 Monitor and review the child protection policy and procedures to ensure they remain current and fit for purpose.
 Regularly report to the Management/Committee/Board.
 Raise awareness of the Club Child Protection Officer role to parents/carers, adults, and children involved in the club.
 Raise awareness of the Code of Conduct for working with children to parents/carers, adults and children involved in the club.
 Challenge behaviour which breaches the Code of Conduct.
 Keep abreast of developments in the field of child protection by liaising with the SGB Child Protection Officer, attending relevant training or events and subscribing to the Safeguarding in Sport newsletter.
 Organise/signpost appropriate training for all adults working/volunteering with children in the club.
 Establish and maintain contact with local statutory agencies including the police and social services.
 Respond appropriately to disclosures or concerns which relate to the well-being of a child.
 Maintain confidential records of reported cases and action taken.
 Where required liaise with the Scottish Rugby Lead Officer for Child Protection and Welfare and/or statutory agencies and ensure they have access to all necessary information.

Personal Specification
 The ability to build relationships with club members, parents/carers, children and the Scottish Rugby Lead Officer for Child Protection and Welfare
 An interest in the well-being and safeguarding of children and child protection matters
 A willingness to challenge opinion, where necessary, and to drive the child protection agenda.
 Strong listening skills and the ability to deal with sensitive situations with integrity.
 The confidence and good judgment to manage situations relating to the poor conduct/behaviour of others towards a child.
Skills/Experience

 Attend relevant training to fulfil the role of Club Child Protection Officer.
 Experience of working with children.

Glasgow Hawks
March 2017


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