Child Protection Policy

Maryhill Harriers is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation.

Members of Maryhill Harriers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.

This document outlines Maryhill Harriers’ commitment to protecting children.

These guidelines are based on the following principles:

  • The welfare of children is the primary concern.
  • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, 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 (It’s everyone’s job to make sure I’m alright Scottish Executive 2002)
  • Children have the right to express views on all matters which affect them should they wish to do so.
  • Maryhill Harriers shall work in partnership together with children and parents to promote the welfare, health and development of children.

Responsibilities

Maryhill Harriers will:

  • Promote the health and welfare of children by providing opportunities for them to take part in athletics safely
  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of children
  • Implement appropriate procedures to safeguard the well-being of children and protect them from abuse
  • Recruit, train, support and supervise it’s coaches and members to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect children from abuse and to minimise risk to themselves
  • Require coaches and members to adopt and abide by this Child Protection Policy (adopted from the SportsScotland and CHILDREN 1st Child Protection Policy) and the club 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 issued by local Child Protection Committees for the Protection of Children,
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate the implementation of this policy and these procedures.

Review

  • This policy and these procedures will be regularly reviewed :
  • In accordance with changes in legislation and guidance on the complaints protection of children or following any changes within Maryhill Harriers
  • In all other circumstances at least every three years (Updated April 2017 and due for review April 2020).