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Child Welfare and Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy

KENT CRUSADERS BASKETBALL CLUB acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and Basketball England requirements.

The policy recognises that the welfare and interests of children and vulnerable adults 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 and vulnerable adults

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of sport at KENT CRUSADERS BASKETBALL CLUB in a safe and child centred environment
  • are protected from abuse whilst participating in basketball or outside of the activity.

KENT CRUSADERS BASKETBALL CLUB acknowledges that some children, including disabled children, vulnerable adults 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 policy KENT CRUSADERS BASKETBALL CLUB will

  • promote and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children, vulnerable adults 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, vulnerable adults 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 employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation.

All staff will be appropriately trained to the correct level for their position within the club. Where required they will be registered with Basketball England and have a current DBS certificate. They will have also have attended an accredited Basic Child Protection Course It is Kent Crusaders Basketball Club’s policy that the DBS and child protection course will be renewed every three years.

KENT CRUSADERS BASKETBALL CLUB will reflect and use the all the policies and procedures with Basketball England safeguarding environment when the need arrises. Any policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in KENT CRUSADERS BASKETBALL CLUB. Failure to comply with any policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organisation.


 The policy 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 and vulnerable adults Partnerships, UK Sport and/or Home Country Sports Councils and Basketball England
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

If a child or vulnerable adult is in immediate danger phone 999 for the police

Do you need to report a concern?

Email should there be a safeguarding @ crusaders email that can be set to forward everything to me at

Do you wish to make a complaint?

Please contact

Club Concerns – Paul Hodgkinson 07841 192060

Canterbury Academy – Billy Beddow




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