SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY



1 Introduction

Cricket Hooper is an organisation run by:

B&I Ltd company number 12205238

Cricket Hoppers is administered from:

5 Monks Walk, Winchester, SO23 7GD – Classes will be held at various sites across the UK

Cricket Hoppers is managed by a management team (Benjamin Lynch & Ian Stuart). One or more of the management team has particular responsibility for safeguarding children.

The Team has adopted this safeguarding children policy and expects every adult working or helping at Cricket Hoppers to support it and comply with it. Consequently this policy shall apply to all staff, managers, trustees, directors, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of Cricket Hoppers.

2 Purpose of the Policy

This policy is intended to protect children and young people who receive any service from us, including those who are the children of adults who may receive services from us including those children that may wish to attend a one off (taster session)

As an organisation we believe that no child or young person should experience abuse or harm and are committed to the protection of children and young people and this policy is intended to provide guidance and overarching principles to those who represent us as volunteers or staff, to guide our approach to child protection and safeguarding.

3 The risks to children

Nearly every child grows up in a safe and happy environment and it is important not to exaggerate or overestimate the dangers. Nevertheless, there are situations where children need protection including:

Sexual abuse   

Grooming  

Physical and emotional abuse and neglect   

Domestic violence   

Inappropriate supervision by staff or volunteers   

Bullying, cyber bullying, acts of violence and aggression within our schools and campuses   

Victimisation  

Self-harm   

Unsafe environments and activities  

Crime 

Exploitation

  
4 Universality of Protection

We recognise that:

the welfare of the child is paramount 

all children regardless of race, gender, religious belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity have a right to equal protection from harm.   

some children are more vulnerable to harm as a result of their circumstances, prior experiences, communication needs or level of dependency.   

working with children, young people, their parents and/or guardians, carers or other agencies is essential to protecting their wellbeing.


5 Safeguarding children at events / activities

1 There are three kinds of events/activities:

1.1 those open to adults and children of all ages,

1.2 those for children accompanied by a 'parent',

2 At events and activities open to all ages, children under 16 must be accompanied throughout by an adult over the age of 18 who not only brings the child but also takes the child home again afterwards. 

3 At events and activities for children accompanied by a 'parent', children under 16 must be supervised throughout the event by an adult over the age of 18 who not only brings the child to the event but also takes the child home again afterwards. If a lone adult brings more than one child, then the children will have to stay together, so that the one adult can supervise them. 

4 Both event and activities are to be defined broadly to include any occasions where Cricket Hoppers will be providing a service.


6 Disclosure and barring

Cricket Hoppers offers the following activities for children:

Cricket themed classes

Some of our activities may therefore require adult participants or adult leaders to undergo DBS and/or police checks under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006. The required level of checking (if any) will broadly reflect the degree and frequency of unsupervised access given to other people's children.

The Team will take very seriously any allegation of impropriety on the part of any member of Cricket Hoppers in parent/carer. A member of Cricket Hoppers who discovers anything amiss should get in touch immediately with the following:

Benjamin Lynch & Ian Stuart

The Team will review the allegation and the likely risk to children and, if appropriate, will consider banning the member from future events or revoking his or her membership or both, but only in full accordance with the rules and procedures of Cricket Hoppers.

7 Health and safety aspects of safeguarding children

Before starting any event for unaccompanied children, the Team will carry out a risk assessment and then take steps to minimise all risks to health and safety. Parents and children will be made aware of any particular risks and of the steps to be taken to minimise those risks. The Team will keep a record of all risk assessments. 

Sufficient adults must be present at any event for unaccompanied children to enable one adult to deal with any emergency while another adult supervises the children not directly affected by the emergency.


8 Policy on the prevention of bullying

We will not tolerate the bullying of children either by adults or by other children. If any incident of child-on-child bullying should arise at a Cricket Hoppers event, those involved will be separated immediately and the parents of the children involved will be asked to deal with the matter. The Team will review all incidents of child-on-child bullying and assess the likely future risk to children. If appropriate, the Team will consider banning a child from future events, but only in full accordance with the rules and procedures of Cricket Hoppers. Allegations of adults bullying children will be dealt with under paragraph 6.3 above. 


9 Photographing/Video 

We understand that Parents/Carers like to take photos of or video record Pupils throughout the lesson. This is a normal part of family life, and we will not discourage Parents/Carers from celebrating the Pupil’s success.

Cricket Hoppers will not allow others to photograph or film children during a Cricket Hopper Class without the Parent or Carers permission.

If you wish to take photos of the Pupil during Classes please ask the Teacher/Coach who will address the whole Class.

Cricket Hoppers will not allow images of children to be used on our website, publicity, or press releases, without express permission from the Parent/Carer, and if we do obtain such permission, we will not identify individual Pupils by name.

Cricket Hoppers cannot, however, be held accountable for photographs or video footage taken by Parents/Carers without our knowledge or written permission being given.

Employees of Cricket Hoppers may take photographs of Pupils whilst engaged in Cricket Hopper activities for teaching purposes; for assessment purposes or as a means of celebrating success within Cricket Hoppers.  Permission will be asked prior to any photos being taken.

 

10 Managing behaviour, discipline and acceptable restraint

1 Adults supervising children at Cricket Hoppers events must never use any form of corporal punishment. If physical restraint is absolutely necessary to prevent injury to any person or to prevent serious damage to property, then the minimum necessary restraint may be used — but for that purpose only.

2 Unacceptable behaviour at Cricket Hoppers events for unaccompanied children will generally be stopped by separating the children from each other and from the group. The miscreants will be suitably supervised and will be returned as soon as possible to the care of their parents.

3 Cricket Hoppers may apply a further disciplinary sanction; namely the banning of the child from one or more future events over the following 18 months. Any such sanction would be determined and applied by the following officers: 

Benjamin Lynch & Ian Stuart

4 A parent who is aggrieved by this ban may appeal to Cricket Hoppers who will hear the views of all relevant persons. The decision of Cricket Hooper is then final. Any such appeals should be made to in writing, and will be determined by the following officer:

Benjamin Lynch & Ian Stuart

This policy has been drawn up in accordance with the following:

Children Act 1989   

United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991   

General Data Protection Regulation

Human Rights Act 1998  

Sexual Offences Act 2003  

Children Act 2004  

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006   

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 

Children and Families Act 2014

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice - Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014

Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services

   

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