Safeguarding and Welfare

Everyone involved in sport and activity, whether they are a volunteer, participant, spectator or an elite athlete, should never have to worry about abuse or harassment.

Safeguarding in sport is the process of protecting children and adults from harm by providing a safe space in which to play sport and be active. Everyone has a role to play in keeping others safe and people should know what to do if they have any concerns.

One important difference between safeguarding adults and safeguarding children is that, as well as focusing on creating processes and systems to safeguard, there also needs to be a culture that consults with adults on every decision that affects them. Adults can of course make their own decisions, so it’s important to keep them well informed.

Safeguarding Children

Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2018) outlines the duties of all organisations that work with children. These can be summarised as having:

  • A designated safeguarding lead (with support)
  • A senior board lead on safeguarding
  • Clear lines of accountability
  • Effective recruitment including safeguarding checks
  • A culture of listening to and consulting with children
  • Arrangements to share information with other organisations
  • Effective supervision, support and training for staff / volunteers
  • Clear safeguarding policies including how to respond to concerns

These duties are reflected in the CPSU Standards (Child Protection in Sport Unit) for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport and in the Clubmark criteria.

Each club should have a Safeguarding Children Policy which they have adopted and implemented at their club. The club should identify a Welfare Officer (this could include combined responsibilities for children and adults depending on the needs of the club, or could be split out). This person should receive adequate training and information about the role they are undertaking and their responsibilities. The name and role of the Welfare Officer should be clearly communicated to all club members. The club’s Safeguarding Children Policy and associated procedures should be made known to all clubs members and parents and details of where to go for help should be advertised in the club.

Use the links in the ‘Discover’ and ‘Downloads’ sections below for further guidance and resources.

Royal Racketeers Welfare Officers

1. Mrs A Ghazanfar
welfareroyalracketeers@gmail.com

2. Gowrishankar Govidarajulu
welfareroyalracketeers@gmail.com

Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding adults is everybody’s responsibility. Clubs need to look out for the welfare of all adults and be informed enough to ensure that any safeguarding concerns about adults are properly acted upon. Clubs should respond and follow up any safeguarding concerns that they have about an adult.

Safeguarding adults is linked to the circumstances that people are in, rather than individual characteristics of the adult. Most of the time, adults are fine. But sometimes they may need to look out for each other. Any adult could need safeguarding at any time if their circumstances change.

You may hear or may have heard the term ‘Adults at Risk’ used. This refers specifically to an adult who is experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect and may need help with safeguarding themselves.

The links in the ‘Explore’, ‘Discover’ and ‘Download’ sections below provide more advice, including the Safeguarding Adults – The Essentials Guide.

Each club should adopt and implement a Safeguarding Adults policy. The club should identify a Welfare Officer (this could be a combined child and adult role, depending on the needs of the club, or could be split out). This person should receive adequate training and information about the role they are undertaking. The name and role of the Welfare Officer should be clearly communicated to all club members and made available on noticeboards and/or the club’s website.

Officials Code of Conduct

Code of Practice for Club Officials and Volunteers

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below.  All volunteers must: 

Consider the well-being and safety of participants before the development of performance. 

Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based on mutual trust and respect. 

Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part. 

Promote the positive aspects of badminton (e.g. fair play). 

Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance. 

Follow all safeguarding and best practice guidelines laid down by BADMINTON England and the club. 

Hold appropriate valid qualifications and insurance cover, including being a member of the coaching register if a qualified coach. 

Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward. 

Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibited substances. 

Encourage participants to value their performances not just results. 

Encourage and guide participants to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour. 

Not use social or other electronic media to publicly criticise any other player, parent or official involved in the game of badminton or otherwise bring the sport into disrepute through inappropriate communications. 

Code of Conduct for Junior Members

The RRBC Badminton Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members.   The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.  Therefore, members are encouraged to be open in sharing any concerns or complaints they may have about any aspect of the club with the Chairperson, Welfare Officer or Head Coach.   

As a member of The RRBC Badminton Club, you are expected to abide by the following junior code of practice: 

All members must play within the rules and laws of badminton and respect officials and their decisions. 

All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background or religious beliefs or sexual identity. 

Members should keep to agreed timings for training sessions and competitions and inform their coach or appropriate official if they are going to be late. 

Members should, if selected for a competition or match, inform their coach or appropriate official immediately if they are required to withdraw.  Members must wear suitable badminton sports clothing for club sessions and competitions, as agreed with the coach or officials of the club. 

Members must pay any fees for training and events promptly or by the due date. 

Junior members are not allowed to smoke, consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.  (Junior members who are required to take prescribed medicine must discuss this with the Welfare Officer.) 

Members must not use social or other electronic media to publicly criticise any other player, parent or official involved in the game of badminton or otherwise bring the sport into disrepute through inappropriate communications. 

Ensure your child arrives and is collected on time for club sessions and events.   

Ensure your child’s fees are paid promptly by the due date. 

Do not use social or other electronic media to publicly criticise any other player, parent or official involved in the game of badminton or otherwise bring the sport into disrepute through inappropriate communications. 

Parents and Carers code of Conduct

Please help the club provide an atmosphere and culture that encourages fair play and promotes badminton.   

Encourage your child to learn the rules of badminton and play within them. 

Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials. 

Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results. 

Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport. 

Never force your child to take part in sport. 

Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes. 

Publicly accept officials’ judgements or decisions. 

Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy badminton. 

Use correct and proper language at all times. 

Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour. 

Ensure your child arrives and is collected on time for club sessions and events. 

Ensure your child’s fees are paid promptly by the due date. 

Do not use social or other electronic media to publicly criticise any other player, parent or official involved in the game of badminton or otherwise bring the sport into disrepute through inappropriate communications.