1st December 2016
The protection of young and vulnerable people in handball from harm is something England Handball takes extremely seriously. The recent disclosures in football have underlined the importance of this issue.
All people involved in handball must be able to do so in a safe and positive environment and be able to enjoy our sport in whatever capacity they are involved.
England Handball recently achieved the Child Protection in Sport Unit’s (CPSU) Advanced Standards in Safeguarding in Sport. We continuously review 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 our Safeguarding Officer. Safeguarding procedures are also sent to clubs as part of their Annual Membership Pack and we provide guidance to all our clubs to help support their work with children and young people.
Every club affiliated to England Handball is required to sign up to our Safeguarding and Protecting Young People policy. They are also required to have designated Welfare Officers. All lead coaches working with children are DBS checked.
We work with CSPs, the CPSU, and other relevant agencies, to investigate and deal with any concerns about a child or vulnerable person. All concerns are managed through a Case Management Panel.
Having these policies and procedures in place ensures all allegations and concerns are taken seriously and are dealt with sensitively, fairly and swiftly. A clear and transparent policy and robust procedures should also give people the confidence to raise concerns.
We hope that the allegations that have emerged in football don’t discourage young and vulnerable people from playing handball, or the army of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure people enjoy playing the sport. We also hope that the recent increased profile of safeguarding in sport will encourage people who have suffered, or are suffering, abuse to seek help.
Anyone wanting to report concerns within handball should contact Alysha Martin, England Handball’s Lead Safeguarding Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01925 246482.
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