Sheen Lawn Tennis and Squash Club is committed to prioritising the well-being of all children and adults at risk, always prioritising safeguarding in our club, at all times and in all programmes and events that we run. This Policy strives to minimise risk; deliver a positive tennis, squash or other sporting experience at the Club; and ensures there is an appropriate response to all safeguarding concerns/disclosures.
The full policy can be found here Child Protection Policy
Concern Reporting Form here: LTA concern form
All members and others using the club’s facilities; club officials and volunteers; employees; and all those who are under contractual arrangements with the club are required to abide by this Code of Conduct. This is to provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all children, young people and adults at risk and ensure the implementation of club child protection policy and procedures.
CODES OF CONDUCT
Those working in the club, whether volunteers, employees or under contract, should always:
- Prioritise the well-being of all children and adults
- .Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person participating in sport.
- Display high standards of personal behaviour
- Always work in an open environment (i.e. avoid private, or unobserved, situations).
- Where possible, do not be alone with a child or adult at risk (NB LTA guidance does allow for public 1 to 1 coaching as defined within the good practice guidelines)
Coaches and volunteers must take positive action to protect themselves and to raise concerns if they feel uncomfortably placed in a position of working alone and/or unsupervised.
- Act with integrity at all times
- Help to create a safe and inclusive environment both on and off court and promote the Fair Play values
- Place the well-being and safety of children and adults at risk above the development of performance
- Value and celebrate diversity and make all reasonable efforts to meet individual needs
- Keep clear boundaries between your professional and personal life, including on social media
- Check you have the relevant consent from parents/carers, children and adults before taking or using photos and videos
- Ensure your own roles and responsibilities, and those of everyone you are responsible for, are clearly outlined and everyone has the information, training and support to carry them out.
Do not abuse, neglect, harm or discriminate against anyone; or act in a way that may be interpreted as such.
Doing nothing is NOT an option: report all concerns and disclosures as soon as possible, following the Concern Reporting Procedure. If someone is in immediate danger, call the police (999)
The Code of Conduct should be interpreted in a spirit of integrity, transparency and common sense, with the best interests of children and adults at risk as the primary consideration.
Supervision of Younger Children
The LTA strongly recommends that children under the age of 13 are supervised by their parent/carer at all times whilst at a registered club unless they are participating in a coach led tennis or squash session supervised by DBS checked coaches/organisers (e.g. during coaching or tennis camps.)
The Managing Committee of SLTSC agrees with this guidance, and stresses to members its particular importance as we have NO full-time volunteer or employee supervision of general activities at the club.
Reporting a Safeguarding Concern
The club has two adult members who are specifically responsible for children, young people, child protection, and adults at risk.
They are both trained in Safeguarding by the LTA and hold a valid DBS;
I have been a member at SLTSC for over 25 years and was Club Chair from 2015 to 2019. I rejoined the MC again in 2022. I now chair a local children’s charity: HomeStart Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow.
My priority in my Safeguarding role is to ensure that our Club continues to be inclusive, welcoming and safe for all our members. Please get in touch if you have any welfare or safeguarding concerns or any questions at all about our safeguarding policy.
I have been a member at SLTSC since 2015 when I moved to this area.
In addition to playing tennis, I am a member of the Association of British Tennis Officials (ABTO) working at and running tennis tournaments at various levels in the UK.
I have two grown children and love to travel, having lived for long periods in the USA and Hong Kong. I have lived in the UK for over 25 years - but my accent is still pure American!
If you would like to speak to one of our Welfare Officers please email your name and telephone number to
If you consider there is immediate danger to a child or vulnerable adult call 999 or the NSPCC Action Line 0808 800 5000
LTA Lead Safeguarding Officer
David Humphrey (contactable via online concern form)
LTA online concern form: safeguardingconcern.lta.org.uk
Sophie Harrington is also trained in Safeguarding by the LTA and holds a valid DBS
The Club requires that all coaches who work at the club are LTA or England Squash Affiliated to ensure that they are trained in safeguarding.
All must hold a valid DBS to be allowed to coach at SLTSC