Child Protection Policy

This policy applies to all those involved in Ballinlough Tennis Club including, but not limited to,  coaches, administrators, officials, volunteer drivers, members,  parents and young people.



Ballinlough Tennis Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of its members. Every individual in the club should at all times show respect and understanding for their rights, safety and welfare, and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club and the guidelines contained in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport.


Ballinlough Tennis Club supports the view that all children’s sport should be conducted in an atmosphere of fair play.  In this context the club undertakes to adopt the definition of fair play as set out in the European Sports Charter and Code of Ethics, Council of Europe (1993).

“Fair play is much more than playing within the rules.  It incorporates the concepts of friendship, respect for others and always playing within the right spirit.  Fair play is defined as a way of thinking, not just a way of behaving.  It incorporates issues concerned with the elimination of cheating, gamesmanship, doping, violence (both physical and verbal), exploitation, unequal opportunities, excessive commercialism and corruption.”

 In order to promote the best practice in children’s sport, the club complies with the guidelines as set out in Section 2.7 of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport as follows:

Ballinlough Tennis Club is committed to ensuring that Sports Leaders are competent to provide safe and rewarding experiences for those in their care and that Sport Leaders are provided with the appropriate training for their activity. Appropriate training and education opportunities will also be made available to club officials, non-coaching staff and parents/guardians as appropriate.

Ballinlough Tennis Club is committed to ensuring that adequate adult supervision of all club activities involving children is provided.


All children should be valued and treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of ability, age, sex, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion.  Children, irrespective of ability or disability should be involved in sports activities in an integrated and inclusive way, whenever possible, thus allowing them to participate to their full potential alongside other children (Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport 2000)

Ballinlough Tennis Club recognises the additional vulnerability of some children and the extra difficulties they may face when seeking help, i.e.

To address this vulnerability coaches are encouraged to seek guidance on working with children with a disability from external agencies, parents / guardians and the children themselves.


Ballinlough Tennis Club recognises that the legal principle that the welfare of the child is paramount means that consideration of confidentiality should not be allowed to override the right of children to be protected from harm.  Everyone in our organisation, including children, must be aware that they can never promise to keep secrets.  However, information of a confidential nature will only be communicated on a ‘need to know’ basis. 


Ballinlough Tennis Club is committed to continual monitoring and development of this Child Protection Policy in the light of changing circumstances.

All Coaches and Sports Leaders will be required to read and sign the appropriate Code of Conduct contained in the Appendices to this policy. The original signed document will be held by the club.

The following Appendices form part of the Child Protection Policy of Ballinlough Tennis Club


Appendix 1         Club Children’s Officers                              

Appendix 2         Guidelines for Sports Leaders, Coaches, Officials etc incl. Code of Conduct        

Appendix 3         Code of Conduct for Children                                                   

Appendix 4         Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians                                                              

Appendix 5         Club Recruitment Procedures                                                                                   

Appendix 6         Club Complaints Procedure                                                                                       

Appendix 7         Roles & Responsibilities of Coaches, Sports Leaders & elected officials

Appendix 8         Member’s Child Protection Undertaking                                                             

Appendix 9         Travel & Hosting Policy                                               

Appendix 10      Adult Supervision of Children’s Tennis Activities                                                            

Appendix 11      Club Rules                                                                                                                         

Appendix 12      Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport

Appendix 13      Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children

Appendix 14      Tennis Ireland Complaints, Objections and Disciplinary Rules and Procedures

Appendix 15      Our Duty to Care

Appendix 16      Child Welfare and Protection Procedures

Appendix 17      Bullying Policy

Appendix 18      Social Media Policy

Appendix 19      Mental Wellbeing Policy

Appendix 20      Forms