Child Protection Policy

Meadowbank Gymnastics Club

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

The Club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people in its care. It recognises its responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. It follows Scottish Gymnastics’ guidelines which are based on the following principles:

The welfare of children is of primary concern.
All children and young people, whatever their age, ability, culture, gender, language, racial origin, socio/economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse.
Child protection is everyone’s responsibility.
Children have the right to express views on all matters, which affect them, should they wish to do so.
Organisations shall work in partnership together with children and parents to promote the welfare; health and development of children.

Meadowbank Gymnastics Club undertakes to:

Promote the health and welfare of children by providing opportunities for them to take part in sport safely.
Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children.
Promote and implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse.
Train, support and supervise its members and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to reduce the risk to themselves.
Require members and volunteers to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy and these procedures.
Respond to any allegations of misconduct or abuse of children in line with this policy and these procedures as well as implementing, where appropriate, the relevant disciplinary and appeals procedures.
Observe guidelines issues by local Child Protection committees for the protection of children.
Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this policy and these procedures.

This policy and these procedures will be regularly reviewed:

In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the protection of children or following any changes within the Club.
Following any issues or concerns raised about the protection of children within the Club.
In all other circumstances, at least every three years.

Photography and Videoing Policy

The Club will inform parents and participants of the purpose of the filming/videoing as a useful coaching aid
A minimum of two authorised and responsible adults must be present at all times during filming
Care will be taken to securely store the video materials to avoid misuse
Applications to film or photograph the participants during training or away from the gymnasium must be scrutinised and approved by the club-designated person(s).

The Club’s Child Protection Co-ordinator (CPC) is available at any time to discuss any issues related to child protection. The current CPC can be contacted on (email) and will be available one Tuesday a month in the gym.

Meadowbank Gymnastics Club – Registered Office: 23F, Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith, EH22 4AD

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