Arabian Gymnastics has a duty of care to safeguard all children and young people involved in Gymnastics
related activities from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and
others who may be particularly vulnerable must be considered. Arabian will promote the safety and
protection of all children involved in gymnastics activities through adherence to the Child Protection
A child is anyone who has not yet reached his or her 18th birthday. ‘Children’ therefore means ‘children
and young people’ throughout. The fact that a child has reached 16 years of age, is living independently or
is in further education, does not change their status or entitlement to services or protection under the
Children Act 1989. The word child/children will be used throughout this policy.
The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and
development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances with the provision of safe and effective
care that enables children to have optimum life changes and enter adulthood successfully.
Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. Effective child protection is imperative
as part of the wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. However, all agencies and
individuals. However, all agencies and individuals should proactively work to safeguard and promote the
welfare of children through good practice so that need for action to protect children from harm is
‘Who is responsible for safeguarding children’
Working Together 2006 says, ”Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is the responsibility of
the local authority (LA) working in partnership with other public organisations, the voluntary sector,
children and young people, parents and carers, and the wider community” i.e. We are ALL responsible,
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Therefore, everyone who works with young people and children
has responsibility to keep them safe. It is also important to recognise that some children and young
people are more vulnerable than others. This may include children with specialist behavioural, physical
and mental needs. Arabians goal is to create an environment where all children can achieve and be happy. All
Arabian staff have a duty of care when working with children.
Responding to allegations or suspicions
It is not the responsibility of anyone working in Arabian to decide whether or not child abuse has taken place.
However, there is a responsibility to act on any concerns by reporting these to the appropriate officer or
the appropriate authorities. Arabian will assure all staff/volunteers that it will fully support and protect
anyone, who in good faith reports his or her concern that a colleague is, or may be, abusing a child.
Where there is a complaint against a member of staff there may be three types of investigation:
- A criminal investigation,
- A child protection investigation
- A disciplinary or misconduct investigation.
The results of the police and child protection investigation may well influence and inform the disciplinary
investigation, but all available information will be used to reach a decision.
Concerns outside the immediate sporting environment (e.g. a parent or carer)
Report your concerns to the Club Child Protection Officer, who should contact social services or police
or the Arabian head office as soon as possible.
Arabian Child Safeguarding Objectives
- To promote positive practice and challenge bad practice
- To ensure everyone who comes into contact with children is able to distinguish and recognise the signs of abuse, neglect and neglect and be able to respond accordingly.
- To grow a capable and knowledgeable workforce.
- To ensure that all coaches and staff are trained at a suitable level
- To ensure that all staff working at Arabian and working with children have had the necessary prerecruitment checks, safeguarding training and DBS checks.
Arabian Club Responsibilities
Arabian will ensure that there is a designated child protection person available who takes the lead on all safeguarding issues.
The responsibilities of this person include:
- Promotion the welfare of children and the importance of safeguarding
- Responding to bad practice concerns
- Liaising with local agencies such as social services if required
All Arabian staff and volunteers who are working with children receive suitable training updated every three
years and have access to guidance on child protection, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the
Arabian supports whistle blowing for their staff and will ensure that are able to raise concerns with confidentiality maintained.
Arabian Good Practice Guidelines:
- Always working in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations and
encouraging open communication with no secrets).
- Treating all young people/disabled adults equally, and with respect and dignity.
- Always putting the welfare of each young person first, before winning or achieving goals.
- Building balanced relationships based on mutual trust which empowers children to share in the
- Making the sport fun, enjoyable and promoting fair play.
- Ensuring that if any form of manual/physical support is required, it should be provided openly and in
relation to guidelines provided by the Coach Education Programme. Care is needed, as it is difficult
to maintain hand positions when the child is constantly moving.
- Involving parents/carers wherever possible. For example, encouraging them to take responsibility
for their children in the changing room.
- Giving enthusiastic and constructive feedback rather than negative criticism.
- Recognising the developmental needs and capacity of young people and disabled adults – avoiding
excessive training or competition and not pushing them against their will.
- Securing parental consent in writing to act in loco parentis, if the need arises to administer
emergency first aid and/or other medical treatment.
- Keeping a written record of any injury that occurs, along with the details of any treatment given
Practice never to be condoned:
- Encourage children or adults to bully vulnerable children or adults verbally, racially or physically.
- Allow allegations to go unrecorded or unactioned.
- Text or use social networking sites with gymnasts or parents.
- Coaches must not provide intimate care i.e. toileting, assisting with changing.
Arabian Staff Training
- Each Arabian staff member will attend a recognised 3-hour good practice and child protection
awareness training workshop / online course.
- Relevant team members to gain a national first aid training.
- All staff should have achieved (or be working towards) coaching qualifications from British
Gymnastics or be working under the lead of a more senior coach whilst training.
Use of photographic/filming equipment at Arabian
There is research that some people have used sporting events as an opportunity to take inappropriate
photographs or film footage of children. All clubs should be vigilant, and any concerns should to be
reported to the Club Child Protection Officer.
With regards to using filming as a coaching aid there is no intent to prevent club coaches and teachers
using video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid. However, children and their parents/carers should be
made aware that this is part of the coaching programme, and their consent obtained, and such films
should be stored safely.
If the club is commissioning a professional photographer or inviting the press to an event, it is important
that they understand your expectations of them in relation to child protection. They must have
identification which they wear throughout. Permission must be obtained by parents to take photos and
All parents must sign a relevant photography waiver on joining Arabian. It should be noted that some
parents do not want their child to be photographed or are not allowed (adopted /fostered children for
example). Coaches and staff should take care to ensure this is adhered to at all times.