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Safe Squash

We're committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for everyone to play squash. It's our shared responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all young people and adults at risk and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying. Please see our safeguarding policy statement for more information.

We recognise that everyone has a responsibility to safeguard and protect all young people and adults at risk and have therefore developed policy, procedures and guidelines in safeguarding and protecting young people and adults at risk in squash. These apply to all individuals involved, paid or in a voluntary capacity in squash.

COVID-19 Government measures update - 27/03/2020

We are aware that some coaches’ and volunteers’ DBS checks and/or Safeguarding qualifications may expire during this period of Government measures. The following information provides important information on how these vital qualifications can be updated during this time.

DBS checks:

Information has now been added to the Government website detailing how DBS checks can be updated, including how the verification process will work during this period:

See the Government updates

The two main changes to how identity documents can be verified are:

  • ID documents to be viewed over video link
  • Scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted

Safeguarding courses:

All NSPCC Time To Listen courses have been cancelled or postponed.

UK Coaching have created an online classroom version of their Safeguarding and Protecting Children course which is being delivered as an interactive webinar. There are a number of courses available throughout April and all coaches whose Safeguarding qualification expires during the period of Government measures should attend one of these virtual courses, which will be accepted by England Squash in place of a face to face course. Please note that other online courses (with no interaction with the tutor as in a webinar) will not be accepted by England Squash.

Find a UK Coaching Online Classroom course

Safeguarding policy

Download our safeguarding policies here:

Where to seek advice

If you have any questions or concerns regarding safeguarding issues within squash, please email or telephone 0161 438 4302.

If you are worried or have an immediate or historic concern about a child or at risk adult’s safety then please call the NSPCC Helpline number – 0808 800 5000.

WATCH: find out more about the role of a Welfare Officer

Guidance on Juniors Playing Against Adults

This guidance document has been produced to help both clubs and counties take necessary steps to limit any potential risks when allowing junior players to participate against adults in local activity, either within a club or county structure (i,e box leagues, team matches).

The guidance builds upon the issues outlined in the changing room guidance documentation and can help support clubs and counties to create a safe environment for all to participate in squash.

Safeguarding Training

The CPSU have a number of TTL courses running in local areas. Please visit their website to access the full list and book onto a course.

For SPC 1 courses please look at the UK Coaching course list here. If you are unsure on which training you should undertake please view our training matrix for more information.

Changing room guidance

Following a number of enquiries, we have requested further guidance from the CPSU for clubs and counties to help ensure safer changing room spaces.

The guidance has been produced in response to numerous queries about:

  • adults who feel uncomfortable about sharing changing rooms with young children
  • organisers unclear about the level of supervision they should provide
  • concerns raised about unaccompanied children using facilities
  • use of gendered changing rooms by transgender or transitioning children

Clubs, facilities and those with responsibility for children have a general duty of care towards them. However, there are no specific legal requirements regarding the use of changing facilities. The guidance is therefore intended as practice guidance to support individuals and organisations to consider issues relevant to their particular context, and to develop and implement policies and procedures that provide a safe environment.

Safeguarding survey

We have been reviewing the landscape of current Club and County Welfare Officers and are requesting that all safeguarding leads complete the following survey.

This national safeguarding survey will help us better understand how to strengthen safeguarding across the country.

Top tips on Safeguarding for 2019

View Sport England's infographic for advice and tips around key safeguarding principles.

Safeguarding forms and guidance

The following forms and guidance have been developed to provide everyone involved in squash and squash 57 the tools to ensure best practice: