Sport can and does have a powerful and positive influence on its participants, especially young people. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also develop valuable qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. These positive effects can only take place if sport is in the right hands – in the hands of those who place the welfare of all participants first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.
Everyone active in baseball and softball, either in a paid or in a voluntary capacity, together with those working in affiliated organisations, has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of children and preventing their abuse. Anyone may have regular contact with children and be a very important link in identifying cases where a child needs protection.
As a registered charity, we have modelled our policies and procedures on the framework outlined by the Charity Commission and the NSPCC to ensure we fulfil our legal and moral obligations to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the participants in our sport.
ALL of our Commissioners have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates; our Head Coaches, too. Many of our volunteers (including ALL of our Trustees) participate in Continuing Education available via the NSPCC to ensure that we are abreast of the most current guidelines and updated on best practices in relation to Safeguarding.
However, it is important to note that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
If you have any concerns about safeguarding or are in need of any clarifications, please contact, in confidence, one of our Commissioners, who are members of our Safeguarding Team:
Reporting a Safeguarding Concern
A copy of the concern reporting flowchart can be found here.
Whilst baseball and softball are relatively safe and low-contact sports, accidents can happen.
The following Commissioners are fully trained First Aiders:
- Holly Bell-Stevens
Please note that Hammersmith Hospital next to the Scrubs does not have an A&E department - the closest ones are St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Chelsea & Westminster and West Middlesex University Hospital.