Child Welfare

For Access to England Squash and Racketball (ESR) Recommendations for Child Welfare (now labelled as “Safeguarding” under Safe Squash) click “here”

Introduction
The Bucks Squash & Racketball Association (BSRA) is fully committed to the welfare of juniors involved with squash in the county. As part of this commitment it has established a Child Welfare Officer role.  This officer’s primary task is to ensure that all squash activities carried out on behalf of the association are performed within a framework of child protection measures that match ESR guidelines.

A secondary role is to offer advice to clubs with juniors so that they may conform to ESR child protection guidelines.

County Policy Statement
Buckinghamshire Squash and Racketball Association is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to enjoy playing squash.

We do this by:

  • Appointing a Child Welfare Officer who is responsible for children and young people, who will take specific responsibility for child safety and who will act as the main point of contact for parents, children and outside agencies.
  • Recognising that all children and young people, have the right to freedom from abuse.
  • Ensuring that all our coaches, officials and volunteers working with youngsters at county managed or sponsored events, are carefully selected, hold current CRB certificates (now replaced by DBS – Disclosure and Barring Service certificates), have submitted personal disclosure forms to ESR via the county Child Welfare Officer and have attended an appropriate child protection course.
  • Responding swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse, by providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have.
  • Ensuring access to confidential information is restricted to the person responsible for children and young people or the appropriate external authorities.

The Child Welfare Officer
responsible for children and young people is:

Dave Smith
Tel: 01494 717570/07889 569114

England Squash and Racketball  (ESR) Summary Guidelines and Links

The ESR position with regard to Child Protection can be viewed at the ESR website using the link towards the top of this page

Their guidelines cover such things as:

  • Reporting (i.e. incidents) procedures and forms
  • Coach and volunteer vetting procedures
  • Codes of conduct for coaches/volunteers, juniors, parents and referees
  • Parental consent forms
  • Welfare Officer role description
  • Club/county policy statements
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) policy statement
  • Use of photographic and video images

Under 18s Playing in Adult Teams
Recommended actions for Team Managers/Captains to take to protect the young player:

  1. Talk to the junior and parent/guardian and establish whether they have any particular concerns about joining an adult group e.g changing with adults.  If this were the case suggest to the parents/guardians that the youngster changes in privacy first.
  2.  Notify the opposing team that you are including an under 18 and ask them to respect this and behave accordingly.
  3. Avoid one-on-one situations, adult with junior, in changing rooms and in transport to and from the match.
  4. Recommend that the junior should wear protective goggles.
  5. If the parent/guardian is prepared to be present throughout a match and provide the transport this should resolve some of the issues but still inform the opposition as in 2. above.

Eye Protection
England Squash and Racketball guidelines for eye protection can be viewed on their website via this link.

For county managed or sponsored junior tournaments, all participants who are under 19 years of age will need to wear protective goggles.