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    It is the policy of the Dundee Ice Skating Club (D.I.S.C) to ensure that every child or vulnerable adult that takes part in any activity organised by D.I.S.C. should be able to participate in a fun and safe environment and be protected from all forms of abuse.

For the purpose of this document and in accordance with ‘The Children’s Act 1989’

    - a young person or child is taken as less than 18 years of age.

    - a vulnerable adult being a person over the age of 18 may be considered

    vulnerable if:-

    (a) They receive personal care, or nursing or support to live

    independently in there own home or in a care home;

    (b) They receive any help or social care services;

    (c) They have a substantial learning or physical disability, or physical or

    mental illness chronic or otherwise including an addiction to alcohol

    or drugs or a substantial reduction in physical or mental capacity

    due to advanced age or to illness.

This Policy also aims:-

    (1) To advise on the procedures for the reporting of any concerns or situations.

    (2) To provide as a guide the classifications of abuse and the signs, symptoms

    and the responsibilities of all should they be faced with a disclosure?

    (3) To ensure that adults working with or supervising children are also provided

    with protection and are aware of the best practice so as they can be protected

    from wrongful allegations.

Key Principle:-

The welfare of young people and vulnerable adults is paramount.

    All suspicions and allegations of abuse or inappropriate behaviour will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.


    The term child abuse is used to describe various ways in which children can be harmed, usually by adults, and often by those they know and trust.

    Child abuse can be classified as any act that deliberately detracts from a child’s emotional or physical wellbeing.

There are four classifications of child abuse no one type of abuse will ever be

    apparent. There will always be a combination.

    Physical Abuse Occasions when parents, adults or other children deliberately inflict injuries on a child or knowingly do not prevent such injuries. It includes injury caused by hitting, shaking, squeezing, burning, biting or using excessive force, and giving children alcohol, inappropriate drugs or poison. Physical abuse may also be deemed to occur if the nature and intensity of physical training disregards or exceeds the capacity of the child’s immature and growing body, or predisposes the child to

    injury resulting from fatigue or overload.

Emotional Abuse Occasions when adults fail to show children due care and

    attention or threaten, use sarcasm, taunt or shout at a child causing him/her to lose self confidence or self esteem, and become nervous or withdrawn. These may also occur when an adult repeatedly ignores or fails to respond to a child’s efforts or progress, or places the child under unrealistic pressure to perform to high or unrealistic levels. Emotional abuse is severe if any form of physical, sexual abuse or neglect has also occurred.

    Neglect Occasions where adults fail to meet a child’s essential needs, such as adequate clothing, food, warmth and medical care. It also includes occasions where an adult leaves a child alone without proper supervision, or does not ensure that the child is safe, or exposes them to undue extremes of temperature or risk of injury. Children who are constantly taunted or never receive love and affection are also deemed to be neglected.

    Sexual Abuse Occurs when males and females use children to meet their own sexual needs. Examples include inducing a child to take part in sexual activity such as sexual intercourse, masturbation, oral sex, and intercourse, fondling or exposure to pornographic material or taking picture or pornographic purposes. This also includes suggestions that sexual favours can help (or refusal can hinder) a career.

Other Forms of Abuse:

The inappropriate use of Photographs, much of which is taken at sporting events or

    performing arts is an area of abuse that is increasing, and all those involved within sport and leisure recreations should be aware of this. D.I.S.C. has developed a procedure for the control and supervision of all camera and video cameras used by the public, club officials, and volunteers.

    All forms of bullying, both verbal and physical from other children is also a form of abuse, and there is a requirements for all within sport, leisure recreation to ensure that there are sufficient mechanisms to allow children to report instances of bullying.


    Dealing with child abuse is rarely straightforward. In some cases, a child’s disturbed behaviour or an injury may suggest that the child has been abused. In many situations however, the signs will not be clear and decisions about what action to take can be difficult.

    The following does not constitute the complete set of behaviours which are indicative of abuse, but provide a general indication.

Signs and Symptoms of Abuse:

     Possible Physical indicators of abuse include:-

    ; Bruises and injuries untypical of the sport;

    ; Injury for which the explanation seems inconsistent;

    ; The child becomes increasingly dirty of unkempt;

    ; The child loses weight for no apparent reason;

    ; Repeatedly itching or scratching in focused areas of the body.

    Possible Behavioural indicators or abuse include:-

    ; Uncharacteristic changes in the child’s behaviour, attitude and

    commitment, e.g. becoming quiet and withdrawn, or displaying sudden

    outbursts of temper; either sudden or over a long period of time;

    ; Reluctance to remove tracksuit, clothing or to take a shower;

    ; Children who ask you to ‘Keep a Secret’ before telling you anything;

    ; Nervousness when approached or touched;

    ; Foul or abuse language beyond a child’s expected knowledge;

    ; The child wishes to switch to another coach/leader without a reasonable


    ; Children who are always alone and unaccompanied and/or are prevented

    from socialising with other children;

    ; Children who are reluctant to go home.

    It must be recognised that the above list is not exhaustive, and the presence of one or more indicators is not proof that abuse is actually taking place.

    It is not the responsibility of those working in sport, leisure and recreation to decide that child abuse is occurring, but we all have responsibility to act on any concern.


    Dundee Ice Skating Club is committed to ensuring all its members receive a quality enjoyable experience from professional deliverers.

    As a result Good Practice is essential from all our coaches and volunteers typical examples of good practice are as follows:-

    - Always provide a fun stress free environment and promote fair play;

    - Always work in an open environment i.e. avoids private or isolated delivery

    especially to children or vulnerable adults;

- Treat all people equally with respect and dignity;

    - Never reduce any child or vulnerable adult to tears as a form of control;

    - Avoid spending excessive time alone with children or vulnerable adults;

    - Always be aware of your relationship with the child or vulnerable adult. Be

    critical how you relate to them and them to you;

    - Build balanced relationships based on mutual trust that empower children and

    vulnerable adults to be involved in the decision making process;

    For a fuller list of further good practice examples please refer to the Sport Scotland Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection - Model Policy or refer to the Sports Coach UK Good Practice & Child Protection Course Work.


    D.I.S.C. recruitment and selection procedure must be followed in the employment of all volunteer or paid staff.

    All coaches and volunteers working for D.I.S.C. who may come into contact with or have access to children or vulnerable adults, must undergo a Disclosure Scotland check to allow them the opportunity to declare criminal convictions and allow D.I.S.C. to assess their suitability to work with children and vulnerable adults.

    All coaches and volunteers will have to complete the application form copy enclosed.


    D.I.S.C. will from time to time organise seminars and discussion forums to assist coaches and volunteers, so they are aware and sensitive to potential abusive situations.


    D.I.S.C. has set out a complaint procedure and all parents and children involved in events organised by the club should follow the following procedure.

    As a registered club and in line with Disclosure Scotland checks, two signatories have been appointed Anne Garragan (Lead Signatory) and John Briggs (Second

    Signatory). The above named will work closely with Dundee City Council Arts and Leisure to ensure the scheme operates within the policy.

    In the event of the complaint being against a relative of one of the signatories then that person will not be included in the process of that complaint. D.I.S.C. will ensure that a neutral representative will act as a witness for the duration of the complaint.

Procedure to be followed on complaints regarding issues on any club organised


Procedure for Registering a Complaint



    Forward complaint to one On receiving the or both signatories either complaint signatories to

    verbal or written. meet within 48 hrs



     To provide information Inform all concerned and

    and attend meeting as ascertain all the facts.

    required. Seek advice from City ; ; ; ; ;

    Council if required



    ; Both the person making Advise D.I.S.C. as If complaint not requiring the complaint and the required. further action notify all

    person of whom the parties of outcome if one

    complaint was made will or both parties not happy

    be kept informed of with outcome then

    progress by the continue as follows ; ; ; ; ;




     Meet with D.I.S.C. Arrange meeting with

    ; Involve registered Dundee City Council to

     body if necessary. consider all the facts



     Advice D.I.S.C. of Carry out action as

     agreed action agreed. Inform all


Disciplinary Procedure

Bad Practice

(a) The Committee shall have authority to warn or suspend any coach or

    volunteer from working on any activity organised by D.I.S.C should the

    findings of any investigation be proven, and after full consultation with Dundee

    City Council Arts and leisure. The Hon. Secretary shall inform any member so

    found in writing.

Child Protection

    (a) The Committee shall have authority to warn or suspend any coach or

    volunteer from working on any activity organised by D.I.S.C should the

    findings of any investigation be proven, and after full consultation with Dundee

    City Council Arts and leisure. The Hon. Secretary shall inform any member so

    found in writing.

    (b) Should it be necessary to have to report a coach or volunteer to either the

    police or social services regarding child abuse, they will be suspended, based

    on the advice of these bodies until further notice.


    Application for employment on any activity organised by D.I.S.C either paid or voluntary. Any information within this document will be treated as confidential and only accessible to the signatories and those responsible within Dundee City Council Arts and Leisure.

Name: …………………………………………

Date of Birth: …………………………………………

Current Address: …………………………………………


Telephone: …………………………………………

Position Applied …………………………………………


    I hereby confirm I have read the D.I.S.C. policy on child protection and agree to accept the terms, and to be bound by the code of conduct therein.

    To assist with the Disclosure Scotland Checks I wish to declare that I have had the following criminal convictions registered against me.

    SIGNATURE: ………………………………..

    DATE: ………………………………..

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