Safeguarding - policy and guidelines
As the National Governing Body for hockey in Wales, it is the responsibility of Hockey Wales (HW) to ensure that children of any age are attracted to our sport. Each and every member has a duty of care to assist HW in ensuring that our sport is one that is considered to be a safe environment for all the family.
Code of Ethics
As the National Governing Body for hockey in Wales, Hockey Wales is responsible for setting the standards and values that apply at every level. The Code of Ethics encapsulates all of the sporting, moral and ethical principles that hockey represents.
We think of hockey as a sport for all. A family sport that is ‘diverse, dynamic, driven’ that anyone can enjoy however they choose to participate – as a player, umpire, official, volunteer or a parent supporting on the sidelines. However you choose to be involved in the games, you have a right to do it with enjoyment.
Although we are responsible for setting the standards, everyone involved in hockey has a responsibility to promote the sport, making sure that there is equal access and opportunity for all and that fairness and respect is upheld.
By sharing this code across the sport, we believe that we can uphold the highest standards of integrity and ensure that the reputation of the sport is – and remains – at a high level. We believe that its content will contribute to achieving our core values DIVERSE, DYNAMIC, DRIVEN.
Expected minimum standards of behaviour and conduct
All individuals involved in hockey will, at all times:
- Respect the spirit of fair play in hockey. This is more than playing within the rules. It also incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always participating with the right spirit.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of others.
- Conduct themselves in a manner that takes all reasonable measures to protect their own safety and the safety of others.
- Promote the reputation of the sport and take all possible steps to prevent it from being brought into disrepute.
- Protect themselves and others involved in the game from verbal or physical abuse and threatening or intimidating behaviour.
- Never use inappropriate language or gestures.
- Abide by the Hockey Wales Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
- Abide by the Hockey Wales Equality Policy.
- Abide by the Hockey Wales Anti-doping Rules.
- Take personal responsibility to ensure that they are suitably insured for their activities.
Dealing with breaches
It is important that unacceptable behaviour is dealt with quickly and appropriately. Therefore it is essential that people know where to go if they want to report a concern or incident.
Clubs and associations should use their own procedures to resolve straightforward issues locally and informally where possible.
Hockey Wales already has a number of ways in which poor behaviour and breaches of policy are dealt with.
There are regulations in place to deal with concerns or incidents involving match day misconduct, safeguarding and protecting young people and doping offences, as detailed below:
1. Red Card and Match-Day Misconduct
In place to deal with breaches of the rules of hockey, on pitch issues and match day misconduct. Has provision for certain mandatory minimum periods of suspension. Covered by the Hockey Wales Red Card and Match Day Misconduct Offences Discipline Regulations.
2. Safeguarding and Protecting Young People
In place to deal with issues relating to abuse or inappropriate behaviour in relation to under 18 year olds. Covered by the Hockey Wales Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations.
In place to deal with doping related offences that contravene the Anti Doping Rules. Covered by the Hockey Wales Anti-doping Regulations, the Hockey Wales complies with the World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) Code.
An additional set of regulations has been developed to deal with any breaches that fall outside the remit of the existing regulations, but still need a route for resolution. These regulations are called Disrepute.
Any breaches of the Code of Ethics that are not covered in the existing three categories above are covered by the Hockey Wales Disciplinary Regulations.
Copies of all the regulations are available at www.hockeywales.org.uk/downloads
Everyone is bound by Hockey Wales’ Regulations and clubs and associations have a responsibility to make their members aware of them.
In the event of any concern please download and complete the form below.
If you have any queries or for further information regarding Safeguarding please contact Caroline Spanton, Lead Safeguarding officer, on 029-2033-4982 (O), 07974-783753 (M) or email@example.com
Click here for details of contacts for your Local Safeguarding Children Board
NSPCC - http://www.nspcc.org.uk/
For Information around the courses available for safeguarding and protecting young people click on the following links or get in touch with Amanda.Roberts@hockeywales.org.uk
- Time To Listen - CPSU: https://thecpsu.org.uk/training/specialist-safeguarding-training/
- SCUK SPC 1: http://www.sportscoachuk.org/site-tools/workshops/about-our-workshops/safeguarding-and-protecting-children
- SCUK SPC 2: http://www.sportscoachuk.org/site-tools/workshops/about-our-workshops/safeguarding-and-protecting-children-2-reflecting-practice
- SCUK SPC 16-18: http://www.sportscoachuk.org/site-tools/workshops/about-our-workshops/safeguarding-and-protecting-children-16-18
- SCUK Keeping Children Safe in Sport: http://www.sportscoachuk.org/site-tools/workshops/about-our-workshops/keeping-safe-sport-safeguarding-young-volunteers-13