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Child Protection Policy
Eye Protection Policy
Code of Conduct - Juniors
Code of Conduct - Parents/Guardians
Code of Conduct - Volunteers

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT

The Isle of Man Squash Rackets Association (IOM SRA) is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to enjoy playing squash. The IOM SRA does this by:

1. Appointing a Child Protection Officer who is responsible for children and young people, who will take specific responsibility for child safety and who will act as the main point of contact for parents, children and outside agencies.

2. Recognising that all children and young people have the right to freedom from abuse.

3. Ensuring that all coaches, officials and volunteers are carefully selected.

4. Accepting responsibility for helping to prevent the abuse of children and young people in its care.

5. Responding swiftly and appropriately to all suspicions or allegations of abuse.

6. Providing parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have.

7. Ensuring access to confidential information is restricted to the person responsible for children and young people or the appropriate external authorities.

8. Reviewing the effectiveness of the IOM SRA Child Protection Policy and its activities each year at the Annual General Meeting.

The Child Protection Officer responsible for children and young people is:

NAME: Helen Callow

CONTACT TELEPHONE: 01624 673155

EYE PROTECTION

Whilst the Rules of Squash are framed to assist in making the playing of the game safe, factors such as the speed of the game, the experience and/or ability of the players and the enthusiasm with which the game is played do introduce the risk of injury.

The risk of injury to the eyes, either as a result of contact with a racket or the ball is considered to be remote, however such incidents do have potentially serious consequences. In order to alleviate this risk the IOM SRA has reviewed its policy on the wearing of eye protection and decided that eye protectors, which have been tested by National Standards Authorities, should be made available to all juniors players.

The wearing of eye protectors has been mandatory for all junior squash competitions in the Isle of Man since October 2003. With effect from 1 June 2004 this requirement has been extended to all matches between 2 players under the age of 18 where such matches take place during organised junior squash coaching sessions.

This requirement will not apply to any player taking part in a group coaching session when a qualified coach is present on court, unless the wearing of eye protectors is specifically requested by a player’s parent or guardian.

All eye protectors used will comply with the British Standard BS 7930-1:1998.

CODE OF CONDUCT - Juniors

The Isle of Man Squash Rackets Association (IOM SRA) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well being of all its members. The IOM SRA believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the IOM SRA should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the IOM SRA with Les Callow (President).

As a member of the IOM SRA you are expected to abide by the following rules:

1. All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.

2. All members must respect opponents.

3. Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.

4. Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach.

5. Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly.

6. Junior members are not allowed to smoke on premises used by the IOM SRA or whilst representing the IOM SRA at competitions.

7. Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on premises used by the IOM SRA or whilst representing the IOM SRA

CODE OF CONDUCT - Parents/guardians

1. Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.

2. Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.

3. Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.

4. Never force your child to take part in sport.

5. Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all.

6. Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.

7. Publicly accept officials’ judgements.

8. Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.

9. Use correct and proper language at all times.

CODE OF CONDUCT - Volunteers

The essence of good ethical conduct and practice is summarised below. All volunteers must:

1. Complete an England Squash Personal Disclosure Form and return it to the Club Child Protection Officer

2. Consider the well being and safety of participants before the development of performance.

3. Develop an appropriate working relationship with performers, based on mutual trust and respect.

4. Make sure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability and experience of those taking part

5. Promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play)

6. Display consistently high standards of behaviour and appearance

7. Follow all guidelines laid down England Squash and the IOM SRA

8. Never exert undue influence over performers to obtain personal benefit or reward

9. Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibitive substances

10. Encourage performers to value their performances and not just results

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