introduction of this Child Protection Policy should be seen
as a clear signal by The New Providence Sports and Educational
Centre (NPSEC) that it is determined to ensure all necessary
steps are taken to protect from harm, those children and young
people who participate in sports at all levels.
The policy establishes NPSECs position, role and responsibilities
and, together with the Procedures Handbook, clarifies what
is expected of our organisation and individuals involved in
It very clearly highlights the importance placed by The NPSEC
on the protection of children and young people.
The NPSEC would like to thank The English FA, NSPCC and several
teachers, parents and coaches, too numerous to mention
I am delighted to foreword The NPSECs Child Protection
Policy. This is the cornerstone of our commitment to developing
a culture in which children and young people can participate
in sports in a safe and enjoyable environment.
There are thousands of young people involved in sports in
The Bahamas, each worthy of support. Through such initiatives
it is our stated aim to ensure every individual is better
prepared to play their part in the protection of children.
A successful Child Protection Policy is a step towards achieving
the goal of ending all cruelty to children.Dr. Michael Neville
child and young person who plays sports should be able to
participate in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected
from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved
We recognise, however, that child abuse is also a very emotive
and difficult subject. It is important to understand the feelings
involved but not to allow them to interfere with our judgement
about any action taken.
The NPSEC recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare
of all children and young people by protecting them from physical,
sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying.
It is determined to meet its obligation to ensure that those
clubs and organisations associated with the NPSEC and providing
sporting opportunities for children and young people do so,
to the highest possible standard of care.
Clear practices and procedures, in addition to a detailed
training programme, will ensure that everyone knows exactly
what is expected of them in relation to the protection of
children and young people within sport.
It is essential that those children and young people attracted
to and participating in our programmes are able to do so in
a quality, safe and enjoyable environment.
In striving to attain this, The NPSEC has the following objectives:
A requirement that all affiliated organisations, Leagues,
Tournaments or constituted event include in their rules a
policy statement concerning child protection.
A requirement that all bodies affiliated to the NPSEC, which
provide the opportunity to work with children and young people
under the age of 18, include in their rules a policy statement
concerning child protection.
To provide ongoing development and training opportunities
to all organisations as mentioned above.
To provide ingoing development and training opportunities:
- for all Coaches
- as an integral part of all Coach and Medical Education courses
and Administration Courses
- in staff development courses for members of all Leagues
- through the process of attaining and maintaining the Centres
The aims of the NPSECs Child Protection Policy are:
To develop a positive and pro-active position in order to
best protect all children and young people who play sports,
enabling them to participate in an enjoyable and safe environment.
To deliver quality assured child protection training and
build a network of tutors to facilitate this delivery, in
conjunction with and supported by The Royal Bahamas Police
Force, the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development,
the Ministry of Sports Youth and Culture and the Ministry
To demonstrate best practice in the area of child protection.
To promote ethics and high standards throughout our programmes.
key principles behind the Policy are that:
The childs welfare is, and must always be, the paramount
All children and young people have a right to be protected
from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture,
language, racial origin or religious beliefs.
All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken
seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Working in partnership with children and young people and
their parents/guardians is essential. Social Services have
a statutory duty to ensure the welfare of children and young
people. The NPSEC is committed to working with The Department
of Social Services in accordance with their procedure.
1. Any act, statement, conduct or other matter which harms
a child or children, shall constitute behaviour which is improper
and brings the game into disrepute.
2. In these Regulations the expression Offence
shall mean any one or more of these offences contained in
the Children and Young Persons Act introduced
in 1933 and still statutory and any other criminal offence
which reasonably causes The Centre to believe that the person
accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to
a child or children.
3. Upon receipt by The NPSEC of:
3.1 notification that an individual has been charged with
an Offence; or
3.2 notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation
by the Police, social services or any other authority relating
to an Offence: or
3.3 any other information which causes The NPSEC to believe
that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child
Then The NPSEC shall have the power to order that the individual
be suspended from all or any specific activity for such period
and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.
4. In reaching its determination as to whether an order under
Regulation 3 should be made The NPSEC shall consider, inter
alia, the following factors:-
4.1 whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of
4.2 whether the matters are of a serious nature;
4.3 whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the
conduct of any investigation by the police or any other body
to proceed unimpeded.
5. The period of an order referred to in 3 above shall not
be capable of lasting beyond the date upon which any charge
under the Rules of The Centre or any Offence is decided or
brought to an end.
6. Where an order is imposed on an individual under Regulation
3 above, The Club shall bring and conclude any proceedings
under the Rules of The Club against the person relating to
the matters as soon as reasonably practicable
7. Where a person is convicted or is made the subject of a
caution in respect to an Offence, that shall constitute a
breach of the Rules of The Centre and The Centre shall have
the power to order the suspension of the person from all or
any specific activities for such a period (including indefinitely)
and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit.
8. For the purposes of these Regulations, The Centre shall
act through its Executive or sub-committee thereof.
9. Notification in writing of an order referred to above shall
be given to the person concerned and/or any club with which
she/he is associated as soon as reasonably practicable.
The New Providence Sports and Educational Centres Regulations
on child protection are clearly defined.
All of the principles of The New Providence Sports and
Educational Centres Child Protection Policy apply
to all adults involved in the Centre, including parents. We
would not deign to tell parents how to best raise their children.
However, while at the Centre, we will not accept verbal or
physical abuse of any kind from any adult towards any child.
Neither will we tolerate any act of negligence.
Verbal Abuse includes:
Cursing or foul language directed at a child
Derogatory or negative criticism of a child
Any statement that is intended to degrade a child
Physical Abuse includes:
Any act of physical harm directed at any child
Collecting children from the Centre later than the agreed
Ignoring the childs academic and health needs
Favouritism Directing attention to one child
at the expense of another.
the new Providence Sports and Educational Centre, through
confirming this Policy Document, has indicated its determination
to ensure that children and young people can participate in
all forms of sporting activity and do so with their safety
being of paramount importance.
It is essential that this document is representative of a
process of continual improvement in the area of child protection
within sports. It is for all adults engaged in sporting activities
to promote good practice and procedures, whilst being ever
vigilant and aware of their responsibilities towards the children
and young people in their care.