Guildford Junior Ice Hockey Club fully
recognises its responsibilities for Child Protection. Our Policy applies to all staff and
volunteers working in the club. The
ethos of the club is to promote a positive, supportive and secure environment to
give all players a sense of being valued.
We will establish a safe environment in
which children can learn and develop, where they feel secure and are listened
We will ensure that children
know that there are adults in the club whom they can approach if they are
worried about anything.
We will develop and then
implement procedures for identifying and reporting suspected procedures of
We will develop and then
implement procedures where an allegation is made against a volunteer member of
We will keep written records
of concerns about children, even when there is no need to refer to the matter
We will ensure that all
records are kept in a secure place, and retained for at least 25 years.
We will ensure that safe
recruitment practices are always followed and that CRB checks are carried out on
volunteers who work in the club and re-done every three years.
We will ensure that we have a
designated person for child protection who has received appropriate training ad
support for this role.
We will ensure that every
volunteer understands their responsibilities in being alert to signs of abuse
and their responsibility in referring their concerns to the designated person
responsible for child protection.
We will follow the recommended
procedures and guidelines laid down by the English Ice Hockey Association on
Protection of Children and Young Persons
from Abuse and on Using Images of
people: Photographs, Videos and Webcams, except where specified otherwise in
the club’s documentation of procedures.
The club will have a named
person with a clearly defined role and responsibilities in relation to child
If a player discloses that
abuse has taken place, the coach or manager that has been informed of this
and make no judgement about what you have heard.
clarifications questions only if necessary (avoid asking them to repeat
the information too often) - it is not your duty to investigate.
child that they will need to tell the Head Coach/ designated person for child
A record of what the child has
disclosed should be taken as soon as possible, using the child’s own words. The written account should be signed
and dated by the child and the representative of the club.
A parent/manager must be present with the
child during any interviews/consultations.
Referral may be made to
relevant agencies or advice asked from the National Child Protection Officer of
the English Ice Hockey Association.
We are committed to providing
a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our members so that they can
participate in ice hockey in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable
in our club. If bullying does occur,
all club members or parents/carers should be able to bring it to our attention
and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
Bullying is the use of
aggression (physical or verbal) with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain or distress
to the victim.
a club we recognise that bullying can be:
Emotional – being unfriendly,
excluding behaviour, sending hurtful messages via text/email, tormenting (hiding
pieces of kit);
Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting,
punching or any use of violence;
Racist – racial taunts, graffiti or
Verbal – name calling – sarcasm, spreading
Bullying will not be
As a club we take bullying
seriously. Players and parents
should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
All club members,
coaches, officials and parents/carers should have an understanding of what
bullying is and have an appreciation of the signs and indicators of bullying.
All club members, officials
and coaches should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they
should do if bullying arises.
that a child is being bullied include:
Says he/she is being bullied;
Is unwilling to go to training sessions;
Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in
Feels ill before training sessions;
Has possessions that go “missing”;
Is frightened to say what is wrong.
While these may indicate other
problems, bullying should be considered a possibility.
Incidents of bullying
should be reported to Team Manager in the first instance.
In cases of serious bullying,
incidents should be referred to the Head Coach and the CPO for the club.
Parents/carers should be
informed and asked to attend a meeting to discuss the problem.
The bullying behaviour or
threats of bullying must be investigated and an attempt will be made to help the
bully (bullies) change their behaviour.
If mediation fails and the
bullying is seen to continue, disciplinary action may be taken.
Serious cases of bullying may
be referred to the Police/Social services.
The club has a written
Constitution and Codes of Conduct that cover what is acceptable and proper
behaviour for all members.
All club members and
parent/carers will sign an acceptance of the Constitution and relevant Code of
Conduct on joining the club.
The person responsible for
child protection will raise awareness about bullying and, if issues of bullying
arise in the club, will consider meeting with members to discuss the issue
openly and constructively.