17th January 2018
England Handball has once more underlined its commitment to the protection of young and vulnerable people.
The organisation welcomed Minister for Sport Tracy Crouch’s announcement at the end of last year that agreement had been reached to make it illegal for coaches to have sexual relations with under-18 year-olds in their care.
England Handball CEO David Meli said: “The announcement brings sports coaching into line with the education sector and is an important move.
“We have always said that anyone involved in handball, in whatever capacity, must be able to do so in a safe and positive environment.”
England Handball has achieved the Child Protection in Sport Unit’s (CPSU) Advanced Standards in Safeguarding in Sport. The organisation continuously reviews all practices and procedures to ensure that they remain robust and up-to-date with all current legislation.
England Handball has clear policies and procedures regarding the protection of children and vulnerable people. These are published on the England Handball website and are also available from the England Handball Lead Safeguarding Officer.
Safeguarding procedures are also sent to clubs as part of their Annual Membership Pack and guidance is provided to all clubs to help support their work with children and young people.
England Handball Lead Safeguarding Officer John Pearce said: “We require every club affiliated to England Handball to sign up to our Safeguarding and Protecting Young People policy.
“They must have a designated Welfare Officer, while all lead coaches working with children are DBS checked.
“We work with all the relevant agencies, including the CPSU and County Sport Partnerships, to investigate and deal with any concerns about a child or vulnerable person. We manage all concerns through a Case-Management Panel.
“These policies and procedures ensure all allegations and concerns are taken seriously and are dealt with sensitively, fairly and swiftly. They should also give people the confidence to raise concerns.”
Anyone wanting to report concerns within handball should contact John Pearce, England Handball’s Lead Safeguarding Officer via email@example.com or 01925 246482.
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