Report Safeguarding Concern
England Sports Group has a duty to respond if we suspect a child in our care may be suffering from abuse, or if a child makes a disclosure about abuse. In this event our safeguarding team will follow the England Sports Group Safeguarding Policy and contact the relevant county agency to take the disclosure further.
Designated Safeguarding Lead - Phil Giddings
Mobile - 07544 530 057
If you have a concern about a child or concern or allegation regarding a coach, then please follow the following procedure.
Call our Designated Safeguarding Officer Phil Giddings ( contact info above) who will advise.
If the safeguarding is in respect of our Tennis England Club and you cannot contact Phil Giddings, you can also contact the LTA Safeguarding Team directly on 0208 487 7000 or email email@example.com or use the online LTA Concern form. (https://safeguardingconcern.lta.org.uk)
Concern about a Child
If you have a concern about a child, then please call MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub):
Surrey: 020 8359 4336
Monday to Friday 11am -12noon; Emergency Duty Team on 020 8359 2000.
Middlesex: 020 8547 5008 (8am to 6pm, Mon to Fri); 020 8770 5000 out of hrs
Kingston: 020 8547 5008 (020 8770 5000 out of hrs) 8am and 6pm, Mon to Fri
or call 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger
If the child indicates that they want to talk, then it is important to follow the following principles:
Stay calm and re-assure the child
For a child to disclose abuse takes great courage, but explain that you will need to contact other professionals who will be able to give the help which is needed
You must listen to what the child says and record what has been said as soon as possible, recording the exact words as spoken by the child.
If one of your coaches has a concern then they will report it to the Camp Director who in turn will report it to MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)
It is very important not to tell anyone else about the complaint until you have discussed it with the MASH.
England Sports Group Coach concern
Concern or Allegation regarding one of our coaches, then call the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO):
Richmond: 0208 831 632
Kingston: 0208 831 6323
Concern/ Allegation regarding a coach must be reported within 24 hours, do not speak to the coach concerned about the allegation or concern. Document as much detail as possible regrading concern or allegation.
Tennis England Club - Report a Concern
If your child is part of our Tennis England Club programme and plays tennis with us at one of our tennis venues you can report a concern through the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association).
View our Whistleblowing Policy here - http://www.englandsportsgroup.com/blog/whistleblowing-policy