Safeguarding Children and Young People
UK Ultimate, as the governing body of Ultimate in the UK recognises that is has a responsibility towards creating and maintaining a culture that protects children and young people from abuse, within and outside the Ultimate community. To this end, UK Ultimate has created a safeguarding policy which will help support clubs who have children and young people involved, playing Ultimate.
The policy is designed to act as a framework of action to support a culture of safeguarding. The UKU has created a "safeguarding pack" for clubs to download and read. Clubs, should they choose to, can adopt this as their safeguarding policy.
The policy outlines "best practice" which defines a minimum standard for how a club and its members should handle having children and young people involved in Ultimate. However, safeguarding goes much further than just adopting the policy from the website. UK Ultimate understand that fulfilling the requirements and gaining the knowledge & training needed to be responsible for young people can seem like an insurmountable task to get started. As such, we have created a guidance document which explains the policy in accessible language and with understandable and achievable steps.
As a governing body, UK Ultimate wishes to encourage autonomy with all Ultimate clubs. It is understood that each club will have a different approach to how they are run and there is no desire to force a specific structure on club committees. However, when adopting the Safeguarding Policy a club is agreeing to adhere to those stated principles of best practice. This is because the welfare of the children and young people must remain paramount, and it is this principle that will define a culture of good and best practice.
If you have any questions please contact UK Ultimate. The quickest way to receive a comprehensive response is via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sports Coach UK had developed a three hour workshop called Safeguarding Children in Sport. This is perfect for a committee member of a club who wants to take on the role of Safeguarding or Designated memeber/officer. Use their workshop finder to locate a course in your area. It is also required for those who are registering as a coach with UK Ultimate to attend one of these workshops, within three months of registration.
Thanks to Gemma Taylor, Kev Lowe and Liam Kelly who were all involved in getting the material to this stage.