Safeguarding Guidance

Wiltshire Tennis is committed to offering a safe and inclusive environment for players, relatives, parents and friends wherever tennis is enjoyed in the County, and wherever the county is represented in national or regional competitions.

Club Welfare Officers

All LTA Registered clubs should appoint a Club Welfare Officer (CWO) with appropriate, current, safeguarding training and DBS checks.  Additionally, CWO contact details must be fully visible both at the club and on the website.  All CWOs should complete safeguarding training at least every three years as well as being regularly DBS checked.  

It is advisable to plan for succession, in case your CWO moves away from the area.

Coaches and Coaching Assistants

We also recommend that all Coaches and Coaching Assistants are LTA Accredited or Accredited+, which means that they undergo regular safeguarding and first-aid training as well as DBS checks.  As part of their Accreditation they personally commit to ongoing coach development.   This ongoing Accreditation is monitored by the LTA to ensure there is full compliance.

From October 2019 the Minimum Standards for LTA Registration will be extended to include the need for all coaches at Level 3 or above to be LTA Accredited or Accredited+.

Wiltshire Tennis adheres to the LTA’s Safeguarding policies and procedures which are available via the LTA  Safeguarding webpage. From this webpage it is easy to navigate to topics like safeguarding training, criminal record checks, practical tips, reporting a concern, available resources and the new minimum club standards (effective from 1 October 2018).

Wiltshire Tennis’ County Safeguarding Officer, Liz Lewis, is available to offer advice and guidance. Liz can be emailed at wiltshiretennissafeguarding@gmail.com.

HOWEVER,

if you have an immediate concern or wish to report anything, you can call:

  • the LTA on: 020 8487 7000 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or
  • email the Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@lta.org.uk.

Outside of office hours then please call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

Or, if someone is in immediate danger, call the police (999).

Please remember at all times, that doing nothing is NOT an option: report all concerns and disclosures as soon as possible.

LTA Minimum Standards Safeguarding Audits: 

Audit results across Wiltshire – last update at 10 July 2019

  • 21 audits carried out 
  • 13 venues achieved the minimum standards
  • 7 venues exceeded the minimum standards
  • 1 venue working through an action plan