What is Safeguarding?
All organisations that work with or come into contact with children or vulnerable adults should have safeguarding polices and procedures to ensure that every child or adult, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity, can be protected from harm. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.
Do we need safeguarding in ice skating?
Safeguarding is needed in everyday walks of life and in all sports, including ice skating. Safeguarding in sport is vital to ensuring that children and adults alike have a safe and positive experience. This, in turn, will contribute to children choosing to remain involved in sport throughout their lives.
Children and young people are the foundations and future of sport, the next generation of club competitors, officials and administrators. They are potentially the sport stars or Olympic medallists of the future.
Children and young people face risks in all aspects of their life – and sport is no different.
So whatever your role in sport, as a parent, coach, volunteer or young person, you should be familiar with our clubs or NISA's safeguarding policies and procedures. In particular, you should know how to respond to concerns around abuse or poor practice.
Benefits of having safeguards in place
Having the right safeguards in place will help the club to:
respond appropriately, with the knowledge and confidence to recruit people working with children responsibly, manage bullying and harassment, report concerns and much more
protect WISC's reputation and help NISA make the sport attractive to sponsors
keep sport safe and fun for children and young people
What does NISA Expect from the club and you ?
All NISA affiliates and members will:
accept the moral and legal responsibility to implement procedures to provide a duty of care for young people and vulnerable adults, safeguard their wellbeing and protect them from harm;
respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of young people and vulnerable adults
recognise that some young people and vulnerable adults face additional barriers to getting help because of increased vulnerabilities which could include their ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, social background or culture
ensure they adopt best practice to safeguard and protect young people and vulnerable adults from abuse and to reduce the likelihood of allegations being made against themselves
accept and abide by the Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and the NISA Code of Ethics and Conduct as well as all other policies, procedures and guidance respond appropriately to any complaints about poor practice or allegations of abuse.