Child Protection Policy

Policy Statement

Weymouth St. Paul’s Harriers & AC recognizes that every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in athletics should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse.

The club will ensure that the necessary steps are taken to protect those children who participate in athletics as members of the club at all levels and that athletics takes place in an environment that is safe and enjoyable.

WSPH will ensure that:

  • The child’s welfare is paramount.
  • All children have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious belief or sexual identity.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • The Club through its rules may not include any adult in the involvement of athletics on the basis of conviction, caution, or concern expressed by the police or social services. The Club will consider, having taken advice, whether anyone who has a previous criminal conviction or caution for offences related to the abuse of children or young people, violence or any sexual offences should be excluded from working with children and young people. This position is re-enforced by UK legislation and guidance.
  • These procedures apply to anyone in athletics whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. For example, volunteers in clubs, club officials, and helpers on club tours, coaches and medical staff.
  • WSPH recognizes its responsibilities to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The club is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that it provides sporting opportunities for children and young people to the highest possible standard of care.