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This is an addendum to the BFA Safeguarding / Child Protection Policy with detail specific to Welsh Fencing and Welsh Safeguarding Legislation

Introduction

Everyone in Wales has the right to take part in sport – and to do so in a safe environment. 

It is a sad fact that some young people and adults at risk have experienced abuse and/or poor practice when participating in sport. And of course, some children or adults who take part in sport may be experiencing abuse outside of sport - at home or within the wider community.

Substantial progress has been made in the safeguarding of children and adults at risk in sport, but we cannot be complacent when it comes to keeping people safe.

Welsh Fencing is committed to securing high standards for safeguarding and child protection in Wales. The CPSU is commissioned by Sport Wales to implement a set of standards for sports organisations in Wales. These are called the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in and through Sport in Wales.

As part of the process to work towards the standards, the CPSU work with governing bodies and other sports organisations on aspects such as safeguarding policies, action plans for communication with people taking part in their sport, and safeguarding education and training.

Welsh Fencing has achieved Level 1 of the Standards and is working towards Level 2 currently.

How can Welsh fencing help keep children safe?

Coaches, volunteers and officials are in the privileged position of having an opportunity to build strong relationships with people in their care and are therefore well placed to recognise signs that a child or adult may be being abused.

This can be achieved by being aware of the risks which abusers or potential abusers may pose, being aware of any signs that might suggest someone is experiencing abuse and responding to any concerns effectively.

Sports organisations should recognise the importance of ensuring the right procedures are in place that outline the appropriate steps to take in the event of a concern. It is also essential to make sure that organisations have comprehensive policies and are up to date with practical guidance that promotes the welfare of children and adults at risk and minimises any identifiable risks within the sports environment.

The framework for sports clubs in Wales makes it clear that:

"At a national level child protection procedures are consistent with Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004 (Welsh Assembly Government 2006), and the All Wales Child Protection Procedures 2008. At a local level there is a need to be aware of local safeguarding children board (LSCB) arrangements and contacts."

Welsh Fencing recognise that the legislation in Wales differs from England and that Welsh Safeguarding procedures were updated in 2014:

https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2019-05/working-together-to-safeguard-people-volume-i-introduction-and-overview.pdf

All Welfare Officers should have access to and use the Wales Safeguarding Procedures App. This is the website version:

https://www.safeguarding.wales/

The Club Solutions website also provides guidance and forms and they are available bilingually which is a legal requirement in accordance with the Welsh Language Act 2015.  We do have Welsh speaking fencers that when upset might find it easier to express their concerns in their first language.

The website can be accessed by:

http://www.clubsolutions.wales/reporting-a-concern-or-incident/ and you can change the language on the top bar.

To find the overall Policy and Process for Welhs Fencing, follow this link: Safeguarding Policy and Resources

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