Safeguarding policy

As Courtside Hubs CIC our aim is to enable more people to play tennis more regularly, to grow and sustain the sport so that it is safe and inclusive. We are aware we have a vital role to play in keeping children and adults safe.

Courtside Hubs CIC recognise that we have a legal responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk.

Key terminology


Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and protect them from harm.

It involves:

(NSPCC, 2019)

Adult at risk

An adult at risk of abuse or neglect is an adult who


Definition of a child is anyone under the age of 18. Some legislation in Scotland defines a child as a person under 16 years of age, however wherever there is any safeguarding concern, anyone under the age of 18 is regarded as a child.

We are therefore committed to the following


To help prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of children and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect. We want to help prevent the impairment of children's health or development.

Adults at risk

To protect adults at risk, to assist in ensuring that they can live free from abuse and neglect and where needed empower and support them to stay safe and raise any concerns.

We begin with the assumption that an individual is best-placed to make decisions about their own well-being. We shall take proportional action on their behalf if: someone lacks the capacity to make a decision, is exposed to a life-threatening risk, someone else may be at risk or harm, or a criminal offence has been/is likely to be committed.

Staff and coaches

We ensure that all staff and coaches abide by the agreed procedures and guidelines of our Safeguarding Policy Statement, Procedures and Guidance as well as being able to understand what a safeguarding concern is and how to report it.

We want to empower all of these groups to champion a proactive approach to safeguarding as well as upholding safeguarding requirements for venues, programmes and events that Courtside Hubs CIC facilitate. 


 Courtside Hubs CIC operates across the UK and has a safeguarding responsibility for:

 We recommend and support the development of good safeguarding practises to:


It is the responsibility of everyone to respond to a safeguarding issue. Not responding to a safeguarding concern is not an option.

More specifically, we recognise:

 Where there is a safeguarding concern/disclosure:

Code of conduct

The code of conduct that Courtside Hubs CIC shall adhere to is:

This code of conduct is to 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

This safeguarding policy shall be reviewed annually.

Concerns and further information

If you have any safeguarding concerns regarding a child or vulnerable adult, please call 01865 689754 or email

If you would like further information about this policy, or a copy of our best practises, please contact the office on 01865 689754 or email

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