Safeguarding Policy


1.1.      Introduction

Skateboard GB considers the safety and wellbeing of young people as central to its values. As a governing body we accept our responsibility for providing guidance and support to all members to ensure that skateboarding is enjoyable and safe. We require risk assessments on all people looking to take a role in providing skateboarding to young people and take seriously all concerns regarding their wellbeing or protection from abuse.

1.2.      Purpose and Scope

1.2.1.      This Policy sets out Skateboard GB’s approach to fulfilling its commitment to creating and maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for the young people who take part in the sport of skateboarding. Skateboard GB requires all members, connected participants and staff to abide by this Policy and all relating procedures and practice.

1.2.2.      Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding the welfare of young people and this is no less the case in skateboarding. Specified people have identified responsibility within the reporting a concern process, but they can only act on the information which others provide to them. Understanding how to recognise concerns and how to respond to them, will help make all parts of the reporting a concern process more effective.

1.2.3.      Some concerns may relate to a young person’s general wellbeing, rather than due to them being subject to abuse. Skateboard GB accepts its role in supporting the skateboarding community with offering assistance to these individuals.  

1.2.4.      Where necessary, Skateboard GB will take Disciplinary Action against any members and connected participants and staff where breach of this Policy is alleged.

1.2.5.      This Policy operates in conjunction with the legislation governing safeguarding and protecting young people and Skateboard GB will look to work with external partners to ensure best practice is implemented and adhered to.

1.3.      Definitions

1.3.1.      Child Protection in Sport Unit                  The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. In Scotland there is a similar partnership between Children 1st and SportScotland.  The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.

1.3.2.      Disclosure and Barring Service                  the government department responsible for processing the criminal record checks to assist in making safer recruitment decisions. The Disclosure and Barring Service replaced the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority. When a person is banned from working with young people by Skateboard GB, we are obliged to refer this information to the DBS and they will determine inclusion on the barred list.

1.3.3.      Lead Child Protection Officer                  the person appointed by Skateboard GB to lead on all safeguarding matters, including developing and maintaining safeguarding policies and procedures and advising the netball community on their implementation and application.

1.3.4.      Local Authority Designated Officer                  person appointed by a local authority to be the point of contact for all safeguarding and child protection issues relating to individuals in a position of trust. They are usually based in the local social services childcare team.

1.3.5.      Local Safeguarding Children Board                  the key statutory body responsible for co-ordinating the relevant agencies’ co-operation in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people in their local authority area. Created under the Children Act 2004, they comprise local authorities, health, police and other agencies. They provide local inter-agency guidelines for child protection.

1.3.6.      National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children                  The NSPCC is a charity that specialises in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to young people.  It is the only UK young people’s charity with statutory powers that enables it to take action to safeguard young people at risk of abuse. The society operates throughout the UK and the Channel Islands.

1.3.7.      Position of Trust                  someone who has a position of power or influence over those under 18. Criminal offences of abuse use this definition.

1.3.8.      Wellbeing                  a person’s state of mental and physical health and resilience

1.3.9.      Young Person                  is defined by Skateboard GB as meaning a person under the age of 18 and over the age of 14. A child is a person under that age of 14. In this Policy young person will mean anyone under the age of 18, unless specified as being a child.

1.4.      Legislative Framework

1.4.1.      This Policy and the guidance which supports it, complies with legislation and will be updated to reflect any changes in the law. Statutory guidance takes precedence over Skateboard GB Policy and we will always work within the requirements of the National Safeguarding Children Board and the police.

1.4.2.      The relevant legislation includes:                  The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child                  The Human Rights Act 1998                  The Children Acts 1989 and 2004                  The Protection of Children Act 1999                  The Police Acts                  Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000                  Data Protection Acts 1994 and 1998                  Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006                  Protection of Freedoms Act 2010               Caring for the Young and Vulnerable – Home Office 1999               What to do if you are worried a child is being abused – Department of Health 2006               Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013

1.5.      What is Abuse?

1.5.1.      Abuse is a term used to describe the ways in which young people may be harmed by others.

1.5.2.      It can happen inside and outside the home, but wherever it happens, everyone has a responsibility to act to protect the child from harm. Abuse results in harm to young people’s physical, mental or emotional health and/or development.

1.5.3.      It can be committed by an adult or another child/young person, and be by way of an act or a failure to act.

1.5.4.      Familiarising yourself with the forms of abuse, and thinking about whether what you see and hear may be a sign that there are causes for concern which fall into one or more of these categories, or that of wellbeing, will help you to an make assessment of when you need to report your concerns.

1.5.5.      You don’t have to decide whether there has been any form of abuse, but you need to report the concern so that others can make the necessary decisions.

1.5.6.      In the world of sport, there are numerous occasions when abuse may occur, intentionally or unintentionally. Some concerns may fall within the umbrella term “poor practice”, and this is a safeguarding concern, but not a form of abuse, and may be most appropriately dealt with at the local level, with support from the Lead Child Protection Officer.

1.6.      Roles and Responsibilities

1.6.1.      Skateboard GB fulfils its safeguarding responsibilities by providing advice and guidance to all those in skateboarding and by working in partnership with members, connected participants, staff and external agencies, including statutory authorities.  

1.6.2.      Skateboard GB will appoint a Lead Child Protection Officer, who is responsible for formulating the organisation’s approach to safeguarding; developing the work programme to implement this Policy; providing advice, guidance and resources to the sport of skateboarding to ensure a consistent level of awareness of safeguarding and who is the point of contact for all concerns to be raised with and to liaise with the statutory agencies and other partners.

1.6.3.      Skateboard GB will look to appoint a Case Management Group (CMG) tasked with setting the strategic direction of the organisations’ safeguarding work; overseeing the work of the Lead Child Protection Officer; identifying trends in concerns reported and agreeing organisational responses to issues. Investigation of the more complex cases will be overseen by this group and they have a key role in the conduct of Safeguarding Disciplinary Cases. 

1.6.4.      Skateboard GB Members will be responsible for ensuring the environment in which young people engage in skateboarding is a safe one which provides them with a fun experience. We expect Members to appoint a Safeguarding Officer and provide them with the support and resources necessary to fulfil their role. They must ensure that all those who carry out regulated activity have had the necessary, current DBS checks and are cleared to work with young people.

1.7.      Duty of Care

1.7.1.      Skateboard GB accepts its duty of care for the young people in the sport of skateboarding. This means we will take reasonable measures to ensure that their participation in activities, which they are invited or permitted to participate in, is safe and enjoyable.

1.8.      Wellbeing

1.8.1.      Skateboard GB believes that sport offers many positives in the lives of its young participants and that caring about the welfare of young people is part of the safeguarding duty which we all have. People in positions of trust can be a great influence in the lives of young people and so have the potential to notice changes, be available to talk to and to offer advice.

1.8.2.      Young people may manifest signs of behaviour which cause you concern. We recognise that not all issues will be picked up by Children’s Services as they do not meet their threshold of ‘significant risk of harm' and that local support may be the most effective way of helping the young person. We can assist with identifying and supporting the young person by raising levels of awareness and acting as a sign posting service to resources and organisations which provide support for parent’s/carers or for the young people directly.