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We want our children, young people and any vulnerable adult that has contact with Tigers to be happy and safe!
At Tigers we strive to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are treated with respect, we are committed to hearing their voices and we want to create a positive environment that is supportive, warm and welcoming.
What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of vulnerable groups and protect them from harm.
A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18.
A vulnerable adult is someone who has needs for care and support and as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect.
We believe that:
Children, young people and vulnerable adults should never experience abuse of any kind.
We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults to keep them safe and to practice in a way that protects them.
We take our responsibilities seriously and are committed to listening to children, young people and vulnerable adults. We pride ourselves on taking action when needed and creating an open culture to encourage discussion and learning.
At Tigers we have a wide and varied range of activities – such as the Academy, our Foundation and match/event days. We have comprehensive safeguarding policies for children and vulnerable adults. Our policies and procedures act as:
• A reminder to all our stakeholders of the value we place on the welfare and safety of children and adults.
• A guide to supporting stakeholders with procedures for reporting concerns, types/indicators of concerns and managing allegations/whistle-blowing etc.
Who is responsible for safeguarding at Tigers?
It is everyone’s responsibility and all club personnel have a duty to safeguard the welfare of children and adults at risk. Kent Tigers Basketball Club has a number of people trained and ready to deal with matters of abuse, harassment or bullying involving vulnerable people.
If you have a concern about the safety or welfare of a child or adult at risk, you can speak to the following people:
• A member of staff
• The person in charge of the activity
• The Head of Safeguarding shown below
Kent Tigers Welfare Officer & Head of Safeguarding
If you are worried about the immediate safety or welfare of a child or adult at risk, you can also contact:
• The police – dial 999
• The NSPCC Child Line – 0800 1111
Tigers are committed to hearing the voices and experiences of anyone that comes forward to share allegations and we will support all identified victims.
You can speak to Sten Mayunga (Safeguarding Lead)
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) can also be contacted by calling 0808 801 0331 or by visiting their website.
Other useful links
If you have concerns about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with a child or young person online contact CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection command, National Crime Agency).
If you are worried about a child, or need advice or information, call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Under 18 years old and need to speak to someone confidentially? You can talk to Childline anonymously online or on the phone – No worry is too big or too small.
The internet and social media can provide many positive opportunities for children and young people. Learn more about helping children and young people navigate the world safely by visiting CEOP’s Thinkuknow.