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.

We therefore strongly recommend that all Clubs appoint a Welfare Officer whose contact details are fully visible both at the club and also their website.  All Welfare Officers should complete Safeguarding training at least every three years as well as being regularly DBS checked.  As part of your Club’s LTA Registration for 2018/19 it will be a requirement to have a named and trained Welfare Officer so please don’t leave appointing an individual to the last moment.

In addition 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.

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 and Liz can be contacted on email wiltshiretennissafeguarding@gmail.com.

HOWEVER,

if you have a concern or need 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.

FORTHCOMING LTA SAFEGUARDING COURSES

LTA Safeguarding & Protection in Tennis Course
Dates: 24th July 2019
Venue: Delta Tennis Centre, Swindon
Time:6pm-9pm
Cost: £30  (If you are a volunteer, you can apply for a refund)
Register here