Child Protection is an important issue in schools and in the sports world. At the heart of child protection is to create an environment which is transparent, where rules of behaviour of students, staff and coaches are understood and followed and where everyone respects the rights of others.
The Academy is committed to ensuring that all students who take part in our education, sport and social activities are able to have fun and participate in an environment that keeps them safe from harm.
The welfare of the child is, and must always be, paramount.
It is every child and young person’s right to be protected from abuse irrespective of their age, gender, faith or religion, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, background, economic position, disability or level of ability.
Allegations of abuse or concerns regarding children will be treated seriously and will be responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Our staff and coaches will never:
- Take students to their home or other secluded places where they will be alone.
- Engage in rough, physical or sexually provocative games.
- Share a room with a student.
- Allow or engage in any form of inappropriate touching.
- Make sexually suggestive remarks to a student.
- Reduce a student to tears as a form of control.
- Use abusive language as a form of control, or in an inappropriate way related to their looks, body shape or sexual orientation.
- Allow students to use inappropriate language or behaviour unchallenged.
- Allow allegations made by a child to go unchallenged, unrecorded or not acted upon.
Our guidance on all issues of child protection can be found in the following document produced by the ASA in partnership with the NSPCC: Wavepower 2016-2019: Child safeguarding policy and procedures for clubs.
The document can be downloaded here.