Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy


Our Safeguarding Policy

This policy applies to all staff, paid or unpaid, volunteers, members of the club and anyone who may from time to time be involved in the activities that Witheridge Lawn Tennis Club provides


The purpose of this policy:

  • to protect the children and young people who use the facilities of the Witheridge Lawn Tennis Club; this includes the children of adults who also use our facilities.
  • to provde staff, volunteers and members with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection.

Witheridge Lawn Tennis Club believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind.  We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe.  We are committed to practise in a way that protects them.


We recognise that:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people's welfare

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • appointing a designated safeguarding officer (DSO) for the children and young people
  • adopting child protection and safeguarding practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and procedures
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision and support
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • creating and maintaining an anti-bullying environment
  • ensuring that we have an effective complaints procedure in place
  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for the children, young people, staff and volunteers by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance

Contact details:


DSO:  Caroline Wilson, Welfare Officer - 07930 410433

Lead:  Sarah Vertigan, Chairman - 07939 241025

NSPCC Helpline:  0808 800 5000


We are committed to reviewing our policy and good practice annually


This policy was last reviewed on:  30 November 2022