TASS has a duty of care to the athletes and remain resolute in taking proactive measures to prevent any harm to individuals associated with the programme. In acknowledging this duty of care, TASS is committed to ensuring that its safeguarding practices align with legal obligations, official guidelines and the best practices applicable to both governmental standards and TASS-specific requirements.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of athletes is paramount in all circumstances, regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation and socio-economic background. TASS acknowledges that some athletes, including para-athletes, younger athletes (U16) and those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept a duty of care to take reasonable and appropriate steps with our TASS Delivery Sites to ensure their welfare.

TASS will:

  • Promote and prioritise the safety and well-being of athletes.
  • Ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognise, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect, and other safeguarding concerns.
  • Ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern.
  • Ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and secured.
  • Provide guidance to TASS delivery sites to ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in place.

Safeguarding Policy Overview

The core principles that guide us.

  • Duty of Care TASS upholds a duty of care to safeguard and enhance the well-being of athletes, beneficiaries and staff. The commitment extends to taking proactive measures to prevent harm.

  • Legal and Guideline Compliance TASS aligns its safeguarding practices with legal obligations, official guidelines, governmental standards and TASS-specific requirements.

  • Paramount Welfare of Athletes The policy emphasises that the welfare and interests of athletes are paramount, regardless of factors such as age, ability, gender, race, religion, socio-economic background, etc.

  • Vulnerable Athletes TASS acknowledges that some athletes, like para-athletes, younger athletes (U16), or those from ethnic minority communities, can be more vulnerable to abuse. TASS takes a proactive approach to ensuring any additional measures are applied to vulnerable groups.

  • Safeguarding Measures TASS commits to promoting athlete safety and well-being by ensuring clear roles and responsibilities, providing appropriate training to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns, acting in case of incidents, maintaining accurate records of concerns and offering guidance to TASS Delivery Sites.

  • Distinguishing Poor Practice The policy acknowledges the challenge of distinguishing poor practice from abuse, whether intentional or accidental. All personnel are responsible for recognising and acting upon poor practice or concerns, by reporting them to the TASS Safeguarding Lead. It is not the responsibility of any individual involved to investigate whether abuse is taking place.

  • Responding to Suspicions & Allegations All allegations are to be taken seriously, and appropriate action is to be taken. All concerns must be reported to the TASS Safeguarding Lead, regardless of how trivial the concern may appear. It is not the responsibility of personnel to decide if child abuse is taking place but to report concerns to the TASS Safeguarding Lead

  • People Responsible for Safeguarding As outlined elsewhere in this document, everyone involved in the TASS programme has a duty to act if they have concerns, however minor, about an athlete. All concerns related to TASS should be sent to safeguarding@tass.gov.uk. Firstly, and as a minimum, the person concerned should contact the TASS Safeguarding Lead for help and guidance on how to progress their concerns.

  • Recruitment and Selection All reasonable steps are taken to prevent unsuitable people from working with children. The steps that should be taken are the same for all volunteers and employees who are going to have access to children or their contact information. All recruitment and selection procedures are be based on the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

  • Ongoing Training Training is crucial for staff and volunteers to understand the policy, procedures and practices related to child protection. Training must be ongoing to ensure knowledge is up to date. Training should take place at all levels to ensure that procedures are carried out consistently, commensurate with responsibilities in the athlete protection process.

Safeguarding is a responsibility that we all share, and it is a top priority in everything we do. Safeguarding is not a standalone policy but is woven into the fabric of our organisation. We believe in being proactive in our approach to create an atmosphere of trust and accountability. Each member of our community plays an essential role in upholding this commitment.

TASS has and will always prioritise the mental well-being of our athletes and practitioners and will strive to provide our network with the necessary guidance and support to achieve a balanced lifestyle, in which they can excel. TASS is committed to fostering a culture that promotes openness and transparency, where everyone feels safe and valued and where concerns and issues can be raised without hesitation.

Therefore, TASS is dedicated to being an organisation where every athlete can thrive and grow, knowing that their well-being is paramount. By working together, we ensure that every athlete feels supported on their journey to success.

Guy Taylor
TASS - National Director