As work around adults at risk has started to progress and become more recognised within the sporting sector, we have been working alongside the Ann Craft Trust on our safeguarding adults at risk policies and procedures.
We have been working closely with the Ann Craft Trust to upgrade and enhance our safeguarding procedures, mainly around the development of our responsibilities and processes when it comes to adults at risk.
We have developed and published its first Adults at Risk Policy which was created with and ratified by the Ann Craft Trust team to ensure it is effective and accurate when responding to adults at risk matters that might arise within basketball.
We have sought out training opportunities to make sure we are ahead of the game when it comes to safeguarding adults at risk, such as attending the Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity Seminar 2018. This seminar covered the launch of the safeguarding adults in sport code, an introduction of a framework for safeguarding adults in sport and provided excellent insight from leading individuals from many backgrounds in the adults at risk world.
Integrating safeguarding adults at risk into your existing processes for case management and safeguarding can help to ensure you continue to address and work towards improving safeguarding adults at risk in your organisation.
We have had a “Green” rating for the 5th year running from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU). To maintain this standard, we are working to make sure their implementation plan over the coming years is met; taking this as an opportunity to also review how we safeguard adults at risk.
As part of the implementation plan, a review of our case management group has taken place to upgrade and recruit to the group in an open and transparent way. While reviewing and recruiting new members, we found a range of members with different expertise – including a key representative for adults at risk.
The case management group vacancies will be advertised on the Careers section of our website.
We identified that adults at risk will need to be incorporated within the case management policy & terms of references to ensure that the standard of safeguarding cases can be managed at the same standard across the organisation.
We worked with the Ann Craft Trust to ensure that the policy & terms of reference fitted with adults at risk so that all needs and requirements by statutory guidance are met.
The Ann Craft Trust are there to help sports and activity organisations safeguard adults at risk as effectively as possible.
Having worked with closely with the Ann Craft Trust to upgrade and enhance our procedures, Ross McGowan, our Safeguarding and Compliance Manager said,
"It’s been great to be able to work closely with the Ann Craft Trust over the last couple of months. In doing so Basketball England has been able to take progressive steps towards becoming an organisation that has adults at risk on every agenda and is able to deal with any concerns professionally and to the highest standards possible. I am looking forward to continuing our relationship into the future to ensure we are on the pulse when it comes to Adults at Risk and can raise awareness throughout our club network."
If you’re working to update your safeguarding adults at risk policy and procedures, please check out our Safeguarding information, get in touch with Ross McGowan, or find out how the Ann Craft Trust can help.
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