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KEEPING SAFE – YOUR WELFARE AS A YOUNG PERSON
You have rights – hockey should be fun. You should feel safe and enjoy hockey.
You can’t do this if you feel unhappy or if someone is bullying or abusing you. England Hockey has a policy on safeguarding the protection of all children and young people in hockey. You know something is wrong if someone:
- Constantly teases you, shouts at you or calls you names.
- Threatens, hits, kicks or punches you.
- Touches you or does anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Damages or steals your belongings.
- Does anything that makes you feel lonely, upset, worried, unsafe, hurt or embarrassed.
- Makes suggestive remarks or tries to pressurise you into sexual activity.
If any of the above happens to you, do not wait for it to happen again. ACT IMMEDIATELY. If you are being bullied or abused it is not your fault. If this is happening to you:
- Be firm and tell the person to stop – make a lot of noise to attract attention.
- Get away from the situation quickly, go to a public place to find help or call the police (999).
- Tell your parents/carers or an adult you trust what has happened as soon as possible so that they can help you.
- Keep a note of the date, time and place, what happened to you, how you felt and the names of anyone who may have seen what happened.
- Use the 24 hour free telephone hotline. Keep trying if you can’t get through straight away.
- Childline = 0800 1111
- NSPCC = 0800 800500
Don’t ignore what is happening – always tell someone you trust. Police stations and social services officers will have staff who are specially trained to support young people who have been bullied or abused. Don’t give up until someone helps you and you feel safe.
TO KEEP SAFE ALWAYS:
- Tell someone you trust, so that they can help you.
- Trust your instincts about the people you meet.
- Avoid being alone or with just one other person.
- Travel with a friend, avoid travelling in someone else’s car or by yourself.
- Avoid going to other people’s homes by yourself.
- Carry a mobile phone, phone card or some spare change.
Download your ‘Keeping Kids Safe’ card from the downloads section at http://www.englandhockey.co.uk
Chelmsford Hockey Club’s Child Protection Officer is Rosie Maxey. You or your parents or a friend can call her on 01245 248140
For further information regarding child welfare issues in hockey please contact the England Child Welfare Officer by phoning 01908 544612 and asking for Mike Joyce or emailing him at email@example.com.