Safeguarding and Protecting Young People at our club

Along with England Hockey, BSHC believes that all young people have the right to be safe and enjoy their involvement in hockey. We accept a responsibility to promote the welfare of young people and protect them from harm, in partnership with England Hockey and the rest of the Hockey Family. In this instance, a young person is defined as anyone under 18.

We will do this by adopting England Hockey’s Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy, SafeD to ensure all those in the hockey family have a safe and positive experience.

This policy covers the commitments of those who adopt the policy, how to recognise poor practice and abuse, how to report safeguarding and welfare concerns, useful contacts and provides links to templates and further guidance.

Bishop’s Stortford Hockey Club have adopted SafeD and have our certificate of commitment

BSHC also adopts and uses the Respect Code of Conduct and expects all its members, parents, young people, captains, coaches and officials to be aware of it and abide by it.

Our Welfare Team

  • Welfare Officer | Pippa Bull (07528858325) [email protected]
  • Deputy Welfare Officer (Mental Health and Wellbeing) | Zoe Barford [email protected]
  • DBS Verifier | Pippa Bull, Jemma Smith

Safeguarding reporting procedure

Adults who are working or volunteering for BSHC have a duty of care to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or poor practice or abuse of a child or vulnerable adult

It is not their responsibility to decide whether abuse has taken place, but it IS their responsibility to report any concerns they do have to the Welfare Officer.

This can be done verbally or by email and anyone can discuss concerns even if they are unsure as to whether it is worth reporting as the Welfare Officer may have further information or details about the child others are not aware of.

All captains, coaches and volunteers working alongside our junior players will have the appropriate safeguarding training and will be aware of the following England Hockey Documents:

Injury and Accident reporting for U18s

All injuries and accidents involving under 18s will be reported to the child’s parents by the Lead Coach or Captain as soon as possible.

Injuries and accidents that require more attention than an ice pack or plaster will be recorded on an accident form, this will be retained by the team captain or coach and the Welfare Officer made aware.

This includes any injury requiring the attention of a First Aider or Medical Staff, a hospital visit or subsequent visit to the GP and should include all head injuries.

As per EH guidance, these injuries should also be reported to them via the online reporting form: