Gymfinity Kids Limited is committed to ensuring that those working with children and vulnerable adults adopt best practice to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the participants and staff.
The club will endeavour to promote the highest standards of care for all members, staff and officials by:
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Gymfinity Kids 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. GK will promote the safety and protection of all children involved in gymnastics activities through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines.
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 practise so that need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.
‘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.
GKs goal is to create an environment where all children can achieve and be happy. All GK staff have a duty of care when working with children.
It is not the responsibility of anyone working in GK 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. GK 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:
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.
Gymfinity Kids is committed to safeguarding children, this means sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. Your personal information may be shared with theses agencies without prior consent.
Report your concerns to the Club Child Protection Officer, who should contact social services or police or the GK head office as soon as possible.
All GK centres must ensure that:
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 videos.
All parents must sign a relevant photography waiver on joining GK. 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.Download Document
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Download the Gymfinity Kids WaiverDownload Document
Dates: 2nd – 4th August 2019 / 23rd – 24th August 219