Safeguarding and Child Protection

The safeguarding of all children and young people playing tennis and taking part in Club activities at Nenagh LTC is of paramount importance to the club. The club  is committed to maintaining the highest standards in following all guidance from Sport Ireland and Tennis Ireland to ensure the safe enjoyment of tennis at the Club.

Nenagh LTC’s Child Safeguarding Statement has been developed following the Guidelines of Tennis Ireland’s Safeguarding Guidance for Children and Young People in Tennis in accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act (2015).

Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club has appointed three Children’s Officers

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Hilary Collins

Designated Liaison Person

Children’s Officer

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Margaret Folan

Children’s Officer

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Eamon Murtagh

Children’s Officer

Contact details:      (085) 2401591

The children’s officers are available should any member have a query or require assistance in relation to Child Safeguarding and or concerns regarding welfare of a child /young person. The Club has also appointed a Designated Liaison Person (DLP) The DLP will liaise with the Statutory Authorities in relation to the reporting of allegations or suspicions of child abuse. The Club’s DLP is Hilary Collins.

The club’s Child Safeguarding Statement  along with our Child protection policy and Code of Conduct are available to view here.

The Club is not responsible for providing supervision for children except during coaching competitions and matches. It is recommended that if a junior is receiving private coaching at the Club that the parent /guardian who has organised this, remain for the duration of the session.

If children are playing recreationally, it is also recommended that they are supervised by an adult.

The Club does not accept responsibility for unsupervised junior members. Many thanks for your ongoing support

Junior Committee

 

The following Appendices form part of the Child Protection Policy of Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club:

 

Reponding to a child or young person who discloses abuse

A young person may disclose abuse to you as a trusted adult. It is important that you are aware and prepared for this and what procedures need to be followed

  •  Firstly, if a child /young person
  •  BE CALM AND AS NATURAL AS POSSIBLE. DO NOT PANIC.
  •  LISTEN TO WHAT THE CHILD HAS TO SAY. DO NOT PROMISE TO KEEP THIS A SECRET.
  •  ACCEPT WHAT THE CHILD /YOUNG PERSON IS SAYING, FALSE DISCLOSURES ARE VERY RARE.
  •  DO NOT QUESTION THE CHILD /YOUNG PERSON OR ASK LEADING QUESTIONS. GIVE THEM TIME AND TELL AS MUCH AS THEY ARE ABLE TO.
  •  REASSURE THE CHILD THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN THE RIGHT ACTION IN TALKING TO YOU.
  •  As soon as possible record in writing what has been disclosed, recording the language the child /young person used.
  •  Don’t make assumptions or your own interpretations. The disclosures / concerns then must be reported.

 

Reporting concerns about abuse

If you as a member of NTLC are concerned about a child /young person or a child discloses abuse person you can seek advice from any of the following Children’s Officers. The current CO’s are listed on NTLC website and on the Jnr Notice board or alternatively contact can be made on the Jnr Phone. (085) 2401591

All reports of concerns/ disclosures should be made also to The Designated Liaison Person for our club. The DLP name and contact details are on the Club Website and on the Jnr Notice Board. The DLP in consultation with the person who raised the concern , will decide if reasonable grounds exist .If reasonable grounds for concern exist the DLP will report to a Tusla duty social worker. If the DLP decides not to report a concern to Tusla, the reasons for not doing so will be recorded and the person who raised the concerns will be given a clear explanation why. It should be noted if the person is not in agreement with this decision they are free to make a report to Tusla and the Garda .

If the grounds of concern are those that you deem that the child /young person is at immediate risk of harm, please contact

 

TUSLA Child and Family Agency

Local Nenagh Office (067) 46660 during office hours .

Outside these hours please contact Nenagh Garda Station (067) 50450

 

Nenagh Lawn Tennis has adopted the Guidelines for Reporting and Recording abuse as drawn up by our Governing Body Tennis Ireland.

The National Children’s Officer for Tennis Ireland is Mr. Roger Geraghty – Email roger.geraghty@tennisirealnd.ieMob: 0872316478