The welfare and safety of all children involved in UKPA activities is of the highest priority to the UKPA. The sport is meant to be fun and exciting for all players and we strive to ensure that our younger players are fully protected.
The full UKPA child welfare procedures are laid out in the UKPA Handbook and these follow the BEF requirements for its Member Bodies. For further details of the BEF system please see the Safeguarding pages of the BEF website.
The UKPA provides the following support for its affiliated clubs:
- Documentary support by way of proforma codes of conduct and other necessary paperwork.
- Educational material to help teach members about Child welfare
- Online Training courses for Club officials
- DBS checks
- Access to the BEF Federation Safeguarding Advisory Group (FSAG)
- Advice and guidance on actions over CW concerns 24/7
What to do if you have a Child Welfare concern
Your first point of call should be your club Child Welfare Officer (CWO) whose details can be found either from your club information or in the UKPA Yearbook. If you are at a tournament or similar you can also approach the event CWO. You should not speak to the person against whom you have concerns.
If you feel that contacting the club/event CWO is not appropriate you can speak to the club Chairman or go directly to the Ursula Scott who is the UKPA Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer.
The BEF’s contact point for CW concerns is Ashlee McCarthy who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.