Child Safeguarding Transport To and From Matches and Training

Best Practice procedures

Trull Lawn Tennis club needs to be clear that: Parents/Carers are responsible for the safe delivery and collection of their child to and from matches and or training.

The club will distribute information as soon as practicable relating to all planned away fixtures or competitions to provide Parents/Carers with an opportunity to make appropriate arrangements.

It is not the responsibility of the Coach to transport, or arrange to transport, the children to and from the Club or match.

Parents/Carers are advised that when arranging lifts for their children with third parties, it is their responsibility to check that appropriate and up to date insurances and licensing documentation is held by the owner/driver of the vehicle.

Parents/guardians should have a contact number for the club/coach to inform them of emergencies and possible late collections

 

Best practice is clearly to avoid transporting a child alone, but we recognise that in some circumstances it is an essential part of a child’s participation in training and competition. If all alternatives have been exhausted and an adult has to transport a child there are a number of safety measures that need to be in place to minimize any harm or risk:

1. The driver like all coaches/volunteers who have access to children should hold a current DBS check

2. Parents should be informed of the person who will be transporting their child, the reasons why and how long the journey will take

3. A person other than the planned driver should talk to the child about transport arrangements to check they are comfortable about the plans.

4. The driver must ensure that they have insurance to carry others, particularly if they are in a paid position or claiming expenses.

5. The driver should attempt to have more than one child in the car.

6. The driver should have a point of contact and mobile phone should they break down.

7. Ensure that children are aware of their rights and they have someone to turn to or report any concerns they may have.

8. Children should wear seatbelts at all times.

 

Other things to consider:

Children must use an appropriate child restraint or seatbelt when travelling in a car or goods vehicle.

▪ Depending on their weight under 3s must use a baby seat or a child seat

Those under 12 and 135cm tall must use the right type of booster chair or booster cushion

Older/taller children should use an adult seatbelt

Drivers are responsible for making sure that children under 14 are safely strapped in at all times.