MONTESSORI SPORTS SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
This policy applies to all staff, including the owners, paid staff, volunteers/ sessional workers, agency staff, students or anyone working on behalf of Montessori Sports.
The purpose of this policy is:
• To protect children and young people who receive Montessori Sports services. This includes the children of adults who use our services.
• To provide students, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding.
Montessori Sports believes that a child or young person should never have to experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and regulations that seeks to protect children, namely:
• United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
• General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018
• ‘Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG)’ 2016 (Dutch privacy regulations)
• ‘Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens’ 2017 (2017 Dutch Legislation on personal data protection)
• ‘Richtlijn voor strafvordering seksueel misbruik minderjarigen’ 2015 (2015 Dutch Penal Code: Government Directive sexual abuse minors)
• Relevant Government guidelines on safeguarding children
We recognise that:
• The Welfare of the child is paramount, as displayed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
• Some children and young adults are especially vulnerable due to the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, their communication needs, physical abilities or other issues
• All children regardless of their age, disability, gender, race or religious have the right to equal protection from harm
• Working in partnership with teachers, coaches and parents is essential in promoting the welfare of those we need to protect.
We will aim to keep children safe by:
• Emphasizing the importance of treating all children with respect, dignity, and fairness which also means valuing them and listening to them
• Implementing thorough procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers which adopts child protection best practices
• Provide training on appropriate behaviour when working with children
• Providing effective management for all students through supervision, support and training
• Sharing information about child protection and good practice with staff, students, partners, parents and volunteers
• Sharing concerns with relevant agencies and involving parents and children appropriately
• Informing all students and partners of Montessori Sports of policies and safeguarding expectations
• Establish a clear and confidential reporting mechanism for any concerns or suspicions of child abuse or neglect
• Train staff on how to recognize signs of abuse and the steps to take if they suspect abuse
• Request that the facilities where sports activities take place are safe and child-friendly
• Request regular safety assessments of equipment, playing fields, and facilities
• Provide ongoing support and resources for students and members to help them cope with the emotional challenges of working with children and responding to child protection concerns