Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Policy

Introduction
The Right Track Sports CIC has adopted these safeguarding children and adults at risk policy and
expects every adult working or helping at The Right Track Sports CIC to support it and comply with it.
So, this policy shall apply to all staff, volunteers, or anyone working on behalf of The Right Track
Sports CIC.

Purpose of the Policy
This policy is intended to protect children and adults who receive any service from The Right Track
Sports CIC, including those who are the children of adults who may receive services from us. A child
is defined as a person under the age of 18.
As an organisation we believe that no child or adult at risk should experience abuse or harm and we
at The Right Track Sports CIC are committed to the protection of children and adult at risk. This
policy is intended to provide guidance and overarching principles to those who represent us as staff
or volunteers, to guide our approach to child and adult at risk protection and safeguarding.
Child and adult at risk abuse is any action by another person adult or child that causes significant
harm to a child or adult at risk.
There are four main types of abuse:
1.Physical Abuse
This includes being hit, kicked, shaken or punched, or given harmful drugs or alcohol.
2.Emotional Abuse
This includes being called names all the time, being threatened or being shouted at or made
to feel small.
3.Sexual Abuse
This includes being touched in a way you don’t like by an adult or child, being forced to have
sex, being made to look at sexual pictures or videos, being sexually exploited.
4.Neglect
Is when a child or adult at risk is not looked after properly, including having no place to stay,
or not enough food to eat, or clothes to keep them warm. It also includes if the child or
adult at risk is not given medical care when they need it, including medication.

Recognising Risk
It is not possible to identify all risks to children and adults at risk within the Thai Boxing and
fitness gym environment, however, below is a list of issues which The Right Track Sports CIC
is concerned to identify and eradicate.

Bullying
Bullying can be physical, emotional or verbal. It can take place anywhere and may involve a
child bullying another child or an adult displaying bullying behaviours. Bullying can cause
considerable stress to children and adults at risk, in some cases affecting their health and
development. Bullying in Thai boxing and fitness gym may consist members being pushed
too hard by their coaches or parents, a child being intimidated or discriminated by others,
physical abuse or threats or bullying via social media.
Inappropriate Training
This is a form of abuse and involves any activity in which an adult force’s or encourages
physical training at a level which is too intense and fatiguing for a child or adult at risk. In
Thai boxing and fitness gym this can take many forms including too frequent, hard
competitive sparring, endurance or stamina training; such as over-long runs, or distance
runs at a pace that causes extreme fatigue and distress. There is the risk of over exertion
during gym work, which could involve appropriate levels of training in excess of a child’s or
adult at risk natural capacity, or with a frequency that is inappropriate for their age and
physical development.
Favouritism
It is tempting to lavish praise and attention on children or adults at risk who appear to be
developing quickly and showing talent. It is wrong however to do this in a way that
undermines other children and adults at risk in the group or makes anyone feel inferior. It is
important to give proportionate attention to all children and adults at risk under the control
and supervision of an adult.
Mismatching Opponents
Guidance within the rules for the matching of children and adults at risk is extensive. It
should be noted that such infringements of these rules can on many occasions constitute
abuse and shall be dealt with under this policy and through discipline procedures.
Placing Unrealistic Expectations of Success on a Child or Adults at risk
Each child or adult at risk has their natural ability which can be developed by training and
coaching. However, any adult with responsibility in this area should be aware of their
limitations and be realistic about the goals that a child should be set.

Children and Adults with Disabilities
Studies suggest children with disabilities are at increased risk of abuse. Various factors
contribute to this, such as; stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, isolation and a
powerlessness to protect themselves or adequately communicate that abuse has occurred.
Drugs and Doping
Exposure of a child and adults at risk to drug taking or doping is a serious abuse and a
significant safeguarding issue. By ‘exposure’ we do not mean to limit the problem to use,
administration or trafficking in drugs but to include any situation where, through neglect by
an adult, a child or adult at risk comes into contact with any drug taking or doping practice
or is subjected to influence or pressure to participate in drug taking or doping, or sees or
experiences ‘recreational’ drug use. This risk to children and adults at risk is insidious and
vigilance is required to identify children and adults at risk.
Video and Film
The filming/photography of children and adults at risk must be controlled and only carried
out for a proper purpose and with the correct authority. Such activity should never be
carried out within changing rooms, even under permission.
Where photographic material is used for our social media platforms and websites, consent
must be first obtained by the guardian of that child.
Video recording is acknowledged as a legitimate coaching aid. However, if it is to be used,
you should ensure that written guardian consent has been obtained. Such films must be
stored securely and handed to the guardian or destroyed once their use is no longer
justified.
The over-riding principle is that any behaviour that threatens the welfare of a child or adult
at risk is prohibited and requires reporting and possible action. The participation in the sport
of Thai Boxing and the fitness should be enjoyable and safe. Any behaviour that affects
these goals amounts to a safeguarding issue.
As well as identifying and eliminating safeguarding threats arising from a child’s or adult’s
at-risk participation in the sport, all responsible adults should be aware of indicators of
abuse that may be taking place away from the sport, for instance at home or school.
Whistle Blowing
Any concerns for the welfare of any child or adult at risk arising from the abuse or
harassment by a coach, volunteer or child should be reported immediately. The welfare of
the person must always be of paramount importance and, you should ensure someone
takes immediate steps to remove the child or adult at risk from a position of harm or
potential harm.

If as a member of staff, a coach or other volunteer, you become aware that a member of
staff, a coach or other volunteer has or may abuse a child or adult at risk, you MUST inform
an appropriate person, in confidence if necessary.
All information received and discussed will be treated in confidence and only shared with
those individuals within The Right Track Sports CIC who will be able to manage and resolve
the situation. In urgent and serious case, you MUST contact the police, the social care
services or the NSPCC. All these agencies are experienced in such matters, and you can be
confident that the concerns will be addressed in a professional way.
Confidentiality and Information Sharing
Confidentiality should be paramount when dealing with safeguarding matters. Every effort
will be made to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for all concerned. Information
should be handled and disseminated on a need-to-know basis.
The management of confidential information is an important element of the work of The
Right Track Sports CIC. Such information should be handled in a professional, sensitive, and
respectful way.
Disclosure of information should be on a ‘need to know’ basis and delivered in a sensitive
and careful way.
No guarantees of confidentiality can be made as the welfare of the child supersedes all
other considerations.
Anonymous complaints while notoriously difficult to deal should not be ignored. Regardless
of whether such complaints refer to a member of The Right Track Sports CIC (either victim
or accused) the matter must be reported to a responsible adult. This type of allegation
should be addressed immediately and confidentially and dealt with appropriately if abuse or
poor practice is discovered.

Statement of Intent
The Right Track Sports CIC acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard the welfare of young
children and adults. The policy aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability, gender, race,
religion, belief, or sexual orientation all people that come into our care and take part in our
activities have a positive experience in a safe environment and will not suffer from abuse
while taking part in or outside any of the activities.
It will be achieved by:
• Prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children, adults and staff who work directly
with us or on our behalf
• Having safe recruitment procedures for paid and non-paid team members to help
identify those who might pose a risk to children or adults
• Making sure that all staff understand their safeguarding responsibilities and to be
vigilant to signs of abuse and refer to concerns to an appropriate adult within the
organisation using correct procedures
• Making sure third-party organisations who work with us adhere to policies and
procedures and are committed to protecting children and adults from harm
• Making sure that the right actions are taken if incidents or concerns of abuse occur
and supporting the individuals who raise the concern
• Ensuring that confidential records and concerns that have been raised are
maintained and securely stored
• Making sure that all participants and parents are informed of the policy procedures
The organisations lead officer will take all concerns of abuse very seriously. All members
that work directly or in directly that work with us will have access to our policies and
procedures so they can be referred to the relevant authority.
The safeguarding policy will be promoted to all members of our organisation and failure to
comply with the policy and procedure could result in dismissal.