SAFEGUARDING 

1. OVERVIEW 

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is committed to safeguarding, as children’s welfare is a priority. The BBF has a member’s agreement with BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) whereby safeguarding has been assigned to the company until the 31st March 2021. On the 1st April 2021, the BBF will take over safeguarding from BSUK. BSUK safeguarding policy and information about DBS checks click here.

2. SCOPE

The BBF safeguarding policy currently assigned to BSUK and in the future applies to all our members, including any individual who works with children. 

The Children Acts 1989 and 2004 define children as under 18 years of age. Working Together 2015 represents expectations of organisations who work with children, including the duty of care over children within their charge. 

3. BBF CHILD PROTECTION STATEMENT 

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practise reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and its own requirements.

The BBF recognises that the welfare and interests of children are paramount in all circumstances. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, ability or disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background, all children

• have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at the BBF in a safe and child-centred environment
• are protected from abuse whilst participating in baseball or outside of the activity. 

The BBF acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare.   

As part of our safeguarding commitment, the BBF will

• promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
• 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 relating to children and young people
• 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 securely stored
• prevent the deployment of unsuitable individuals
• ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation. 

The above will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in the BBF. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the BBF.

Monitoring 

Safeguarding guidelines will be reviewed a year after development and then every three years, or in the following circumstances:
• changes in legislation and/or government guidance
• as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and other applicable bodies. 
• as a result of any other significant change or event. 

3. WHO TO CONTACT

3.1 Foremost, if you think a child is in immediate danger, call the police dial 999. 

3.2 Report to BSUK Safeguarding 

Tel. 020 7453 7055
Email. welfare@bsuk.com www.bsuk.com

3.3 Report concern to your Club Welfare Officer (CWO). 

3.4 Thereafter to the BSUK Safeguarding (contact details above), who will contact the parent or guardian. 

3. 5 Inform the BBF by email safeguarding@britishbaseball.org as part of our records. 

IMPORTANT: On the 1st April 2021, the BBF will assume all safeguarding policies, procedures and be your key contact. In the interim, the BBF is in consultation with third party consultants and government agencies to organise, develop, implement and communicate new safeguarding requirements going forward (1st April). The aim is to provide the public with an updated and improved: 

  • Policy 
  • Implementation and monitoring system
  • Procedures and systems
  • Prevention 
  • Education and training 
  • Code of practice behaviour 
  • Equity 
  • Communication
  • DBS check mechanism  

The BBF is committed to making safeguarding a priority with continual improvement and high standards. 



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