For Access to England Squash ('ES') recommendations for Child Welfare (now labelled as 'Safeguarding' under Safe Squash) click here.
The Royal Berkshire Squash Association ('RBSRA') is fully committed to the welfare of juniors involved with squash in the county. As part of this commitment it has established a Child Welfare Officer role. This officer’s primary task is to ensure that all squash activities carried out on behalf of the association are performed within a framework of child protection measures that match ES guidelines.
A secondary role is to offer advice to clubs and leisure centres with juniors so that they may conform to ES child protection guidelines.
RBSRA is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for children and young people to enjoy playing squash. We do this by:
responsible for children and young people is Des Schalkwyk.
The ES position with regard to Child Protection can be viewed at the ES website using the link towards the top of this page. Their guidelines cover such things as:
Recommended actions for Team Managers/Captains to take to protect the young player:
1. Talk to the junior and parent/guardian and establish whether they have any particular concerns about joining an adult group, for example changing with adults. If this were the case suggest to the parents/guardians that the youngster changes in privacy first.
2. Notify the opposing team that you are including an under 18 and ask them to respect this and behave accordingly.
3. Avoid one-on-one situations, adult with junior, in changing rooms and in transport to and from the match.
4. Recommend that the junior should wear protective goggles.
5. If the parent/guardian is prepared to be present throughout a match and provide the transport this should resolve some of the issues but still inform the opposition as in 2. above.
England Squash guidelines for eye protection can be viewed on their website via this link.
For county managed or sponsored junior tournaments, all participants who are under 19 years of age are required to wear protective goggles.