Working to safeguard those at risk
We all have a role to play in keeping others safe and people should know what to do if they have any concerns. The welfare of children and adults at risk is everyone's responsibility. Everyone involved in the Youth Sport Trust from employees, volunteers, trustees, consultants, agency workers, parents/carers, and partners can help to safeguard children and adults at risk.
It is important to note a safe environment is one where the possibility of abuse is openly acknowledged; employees and volunteers are vetted and trained; and those who report concerns are confident that these will be treated seriously and confidentially.
The Youth Sport Trust takes its responsibilities and role very seriously and is committed to putting systems and procedures in place to safeguard children and adults at risk.
Responding to or reporting a concern
The YST has a process for reporting any child or adult at risk welfare concerns whether these are within or outside of the YST environment.
Child/Young Person concern
If you think a child is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, you should call the emergency services on 999. You can also ring the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 to report immediate risks.
If there is no immediate danger or medical attention, report concerns to the Event Safeguarding Officer or relevant designated person who will log the concern, complete a YST safeguarding report form and inform the YST Lead Safeguarding Officer.
It's important to remember that the welfare of the child is paramount.
Adult at Risk Concern
If you think an adult is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, you should call the emergency services on 999. Wherever possible let the adult know what you’re doing.
If the adult is not in immediate danger or injured, wherever possible you should discuss your concerns with the adult and together determine what should happen next. Report concerns to the Event Safeguarding Officer or relevant designated person who will log the concern, complete a YST safeguarding report form and inform the YST Lead Safeguarding Officer.
If you have a query or concern around a safeguarding issue, please contact our Lead Safeguarding Officer on 01509 226654 or by confidential email [email protected]
Further Safeguarding Information
In order for the Youth Sport Trust to remain safe and welcoming environment, appropriate criminal records checks must be made for all roles which involve significant contact with children or adults at risk.
Individuals must obtain the correct level of criminal records check and complete a self-disclosure providing details of any convictions. Any convictions, cautions or other information that comes to light as a result of a criminal records check is reviewed by the Youth Sport Trust HR team for relevancy regarding safeguarding and the individual's suitability to work (or volunteer) with children or adults at risk. This is re-checked every 3 years or sooner if required.
The Youth Sport Trust may request further information from any individual who has a conviction which is deemed to be potentially relevant.
The existence of previous conviction(s) or caution(s) or other information will not necessarily prevent an individual from taking on the role for which they have applied. It will depend on the nature and circumstance of the conviction(s)/caution(s) or information provided in relation to the Disclosure. The Youth Sport Trust policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders can be read here.
If convictions are revealed through a Vetting Check only the HR Team and Safeguarding Team will be aware of these unless there is a need to share information with others in order to protect children or an adult at risk.
An individual will not be able to take on the role where a criminal records check is required until their Vetting check is confirmed as "complete" by the Youth Sport Trust.
Code of Ethics and Conduct
The Youth Sport Trust (YST) Code of Ethics and Conduct outlines the behaviour expected from everyone connected with the YST. All individuals have a responsibility to act according to the highest standards of integrity.
Everyone involved in YST activities, both adults and young people/children have a responsibility for setting the standards and treating everyone with dignity, respect, sensitivity, and fairness. This Code allows YST to uphold its internal values of trust, integrity, responsibility, and partnership working and allows us to deal with any breaches of the Policy with a consistent approach. Everyone involved in YST plays a part in making sure all aspects of our work are inclusive and welcoming of everyone.
This Code of Ethics and Conduct applies to everyone taking part in YST activities, whether you have a voluntary or a paid role, or are participating in one of our events.
For contact details of a variety of organisation's who can advise and assist in child and adult welfare matters.