Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) WDSA (UK) has responsibility for creating a safe, fun and inclusive environment for everyone to participate in wheelchair dance sport and wheelchair dancing. I am therefore delighted to introduce the WDSA (UK); Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy. As a National Governing Body of sport, the WDSA (UK) has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that the highest possible standard of care is provided for everyone involved in wheelchair dance sport and wheelchair dancing. Therefore, through the development, communication and implementation of the Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy we aim to maintain and increase the professionalism and safeguards of good practice that have been set as standard throughout our sporting landscape.
In accordance with national legislation and guidance, we have created a policy that promotes welfare, equal opportunities and safeguarding regardless as to whether you are a participant, instructor, volunteer or spectator. In addition, we have actively highlighted throughout the policy, that it is the responsibility of everyone within wheelchair dance sport to highlight areas of abuse and/or poor practice and to act in response to any concerns.
Throughout the developmental process of the policy, many local, regional and national partners have been consulted. Reference has been made to relevant legislation, guidance and government policy, including the Every Child Matters: Change for Children strategy (Department for Education and Skills, 2004) which identifies five outcomes as key to achieving better outcomes in childhood and later life:
- Being healthy
- Staying safe
- Enjoying and achieving
- Making a positive contribution
- Achieving economic wellbeing
By developing policies and procedures such as the Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy WDSA (UK) is demonstrating its commitment to establishing an environment where all participants in our sport can be supported to achieve these outcomes.
The following links may provide further useful information on Safeguarding in Sport:
The Child Protection in Sport Unit – http://www.thecpsu.org.uk
The NSPCC – http://www.nspcc.org.uk
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline direct: 0808 800 5000
Childline – http://www.childline.org.uk
Kidscape – http://www.kidscape.org.uk