all matters relating to the safety and welfare of the children at
BLTC contact one of our Safety Officers, Colin Smyth or Laura Boyd
who will treat every matter with confidentiality
WELFARE & PROTECTION
at Ballymena Lawn Tennis Club aim to promote the participation of children in
our club by creating a culture of safety and fun.
have the right to be protected from all forms of violence; they must be kept safe
from harm, and they must be given proper care by those looking after them "
(Article 19 ; UN Convention on the Rights of the Child)
children's sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play. Ireland and
the UK have adopted and are committed to the European Code of Sports Ethics, which
defines fair play as:
more than playing within the rules. It incorporates the concepts of friendship,
respect for others and always playing within the right spirit. Fair play is defined
as a way of thinking, not just a way of behaving. It incorporates issues concerned
with the elimination of cheating, gamesmanship, doping, violence (both physical
and verbal), exploitation, unequal opportunities, excessive commercialism and
(European Sports Charter and Code of Ethics, Council of
Children (Northern Ireland) Order (1995) is based on a clear and consistent set
of principles designed with the common aim of promoting the welfare of children.
Children have the right to be safe. All coaches should ensure that this fundamental
principle takes precedence over all other considerations.
set by Ballymena Lawn Tennis Club will be achieved through ensuring the: -
- Development of
awareness of the issues which lead to children being harmed.
recruiting procedures for volunteers/coaches
of training for volunteers/coaches (National Governing Body Approved Courses)
of codes of behaviour for volunteers/coaches
of codes of behaviour for children/ young people
of codes of behaviour for parents
of good and safe working/playing practices
of procedures for dealing with/ recording of complaints/accidents.
club have procedures relating specifically to bullying, away trips, transport
and use of photography
and maintenance of parental responsibility
induction document for parents, coaches and children will be made available clearly
outlining the rights and responsibilities
review and monitoring of Child Protection procedures by the management committee
all children are treated equally
policy applies to all those involved in Ballymena Lawn Tennis Club, coaches, administrators,
officials, volunteer drivers, parents and young people.
children should be valued and treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless
of ability, age, sex, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion.
Children, irrespective of ability or disability should be involved in sports activities
in an integrated and inclusive way, whenever possible, thus allowing them to participate
to their full potential alongside other children (Code of Ethics and Good Practice
for Children's Sport 2000)
Lawn Tennis Club recognises the additional vulnerability of some children and
the extra difficulties they may face when seeking help, i.e.
Dependency due to disability may make some children feel powerless
On occasions possible limited ability to communicate their feelings
A negative self image can make children vulnerable to manipulation by others
address this vulnerability coaches will seek guidance on working with children
with a disability from external agencies, parents / guardians and the children
at Ballymena Lawn Tennis Club will never promise to keep secrets. However, information
of a confidential nature will only be communicated on a "need to know"
basis, with the welfare of the child paramount.
of confidentiality will not be allowed to override the rights of children or young
members to be protected from harm.
full Child Protection policy document is available on request for all interested
parties to read.