Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation focuses on meetings its charitable objectives through the Platform Cricket Programme.
All trustees, staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring all Children (i.e. all persons under the age of 18) participating in Platform Cricket activities have a safe and positive experience. We do this by:
1. Putting strong policy and procedure in place
2. Working closely with key partners
3. Having the Right People in Place
We recognise all children participating in our activities (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm, in a safe environment.
We ensure individuals working for and with us provide a welcoming, safe, and fun experience for children.
We provide an environment where the views of children, parents and volunteers are sought and welcomed on a range of issues. This will help us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns (about possible suspected child abuse/neglect, and/or about poor practice) to our Safeguarding Leads.
As an initiative which predominantly focuses on cricket as a means to supporting children, we adopt, implement and base our own Safeguarding Policy on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”.
Platform Cricket activities take place in both school and community settings.
We approach our work in schools as guests, supporting the enhancement of their Physical Education and sport offer to students, and therefore largely defer to schools’ own policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding. Where possible, our staff are inducted into each school environment as visitors and in turn, we provide assurances to schools around our recruitment standards and compliance.
Our community programmes (including holiday provision) are embedded in particular localities and we include local councils amongst our most important partners. Therefore, although our approach to safeguarding is based on the ECB’s “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”, we may liaise directly with a borough’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) or other relevant local body, as appropriate.
We ensure all individuals working for us are recruited and appointed in accordance with our own Safeguarding Policy, ECB guidelines and relevant legislation.
The charity has created a safeguarding infrastructure that ensures any incidents, reports or disclosures can be dealt with promptly and effectively:
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Lead Hub Supervisor
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Joint Lead Trustee for Safeguarding
Joint Lead Trustee for Safeguarding
All the charity’s safeguarding leads attend training modules required by the ECB.
Collective they act as:
In addition to the Safeguarding Leads, we ensure all individuals working or volunteering for the charity are provided with support, through education and training, so they are aware of, and can adhere to, good practice and Code of Conduct guidelines defined by the charity and the ECB.
We ensure all people who work for our charity (such as staff, officials, volunteers, team managers, coaches and so on) understand how the “Safe Hands Policy” applies to them and, where relevant, we maintain records of relevant training.
We ensure all suspicions, concerns and allegations are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
If possible, in the first instance, please complete a Safeguarding Reporting Form and email it to: safeguarding@platform-LDN.org
If you do not receive a timely response, please contact the charity’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
If he/she is unavailable, please contact the charity’s Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL).
If you do not think that either officer has or can deal with your concern appropriately, please contact the charity’s Lead Trustee for Safeguarding.
We ensure access to confidential information relating to child safeguarding matters, is restricted to those who need to know, in order to safeguard children – including the Safeguarding Leads and the appropriate external authorities, such as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), as specified within ECB child safeguarding procedures, or Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), as appropriate.
Each week our coaches identify a PLAYER OF THE WEEK from the 3,000+ children we work with, as a recognition of their talent, efforts or improvement.
This week's PLAYER OF THE WEEK Award goes to Ramone from Colville Primary School in Notting Hill, Kensington & Chelsea.
Ramone was fantastic throughout her sessions last half term but she really excelled in game week where her understanding & leadership came to the fore.