Safeguarding Young People

Safeguarding Young People


This document outlines procedures and policies for safeguarding and protecting young people who take part in Table Tennis.  It is not intended to cover all eventualities but attempts to outline the main aspects of this subject.  More detailed information and advice is available from;

Other relevant documents are
  •  Code of Ethics and Good Practice in Children’s Sport, Irish Sports Council
  • Code of Ethics and Good Conduct, Irish Table Tennis Association
  • The Children (NI) Order 1995
  • Our Children and Young People – Our Pledge (2006)
  • Co-operating to Safeguard Children (2003)
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007
  • Sexual Offences Order (NI) 2008
  • Child Care Act (NI) 1967
  • The Criminal Law Act (NI) 1967
  • The Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (NI) Order 2003
  • Access NI – the agency responsible for vetting adults in Northern Ireland
  • Our Duty to Care, DHSSPS 2007
  • Getting it Right, DHSSPS 2009
  • Children’s First Guidance 

Everything should be done to minimise the risk of harm to children and young people, and measures adopted that ensure that children are kept safe. Staff and volunteers will be properly vetted when appointed. All staff and volunteers should be made aware of their duty of care when dealing with young people. Staff and volunteers who have regular contact with young people will be required to attend a recognised Safeguarding Children course. 

The ethos of Table Tennis Ulster is that the emphasis for the participation of children should be on enjoyment; competition and winning should be a by-product of this and not its main aim. Players of all abilities should be accommodated and encouraged. The approach should be balanced and fair to all, whatever the level of their abilities and ambitions. Coaches and volunteers will be the main leaders in this, and they should endeavour to be reliable, fair, encouraging and open.

Parents and supports should assist when asked, treat all participants with respect, including coaches and opponents, and report any concerns that they may have.

Young players should act fairly at all times, show respect to their coaches, opponents and colleagues, and report any situations with which they feel uncomfortable.

Reporting Procedures

Any person who has a concern should report it to an appropriate responsible adult and this concern should be brought to the attention of the Club Designated Safeguarding Officer/Children’s Officer, the Provincial Child Protection Officer or the National Children’s Officer.

If there are grounds for concern about the safety or welfare of a young person action must be taken. If the Safeguarding Officers/Children’s Officer are unsure about the reportable nature of certain behaviours they can contact the provincial or national Children’s Officer or the duty social worker in the local Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT) or in the local Child and Family Agency.

A report may be made by any member but should be passed onto the Club Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO)/Children’s Officer, or the provincial Children’s Officer, who may in turn pass on the concern to the local Statutory Authorities. It is not the responsibility of anyone in TTU to decide whether or not child abuse is taking place. That is the job of the local statutory authorities. However, there is a responsibility to protect children by assisting the appropriate agencies so they can make enquiries and take any necessary action to protect the young.