IAPS believe that the welfare and wellbeing of all children (young people under the age of 18) and adults at risk attending an IAPS event is of the highest concern. All such persons have the right to safety and protection and any suspicions, concerns or allegations of harm will be taken seriously and will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
IAPS expects all adults who are engaged with the delivery of sports events, to fully comply with safeguarding procedures as laid out in IAPS Safeguarding policy and procedures and the KCSiE September 2019 document.
Children must never be subject to any form of treatment that is harmful, racist, abusive, humiliating or degrading. All reasonable steps must be taken to promote the interests and well-being of children and protect them from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment, as all children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
IAPS Safeguarding Policy and Procedures sets out our approach to safeguarding and child protection.
IAPS embraces diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We understand and respect that there can be differences between assigned sex and gender identity. We are entirely against discrimination, victimisation or harassment based on a person’s gender identity.
All IAPS sport events follow National Governing Body rules and regulations, including their transgender guidance. Schools are required to follow the respective guidelines for each sport, including the pre and post puberty requirements, and enter children into IAPS events appropriately. When booking online, schools must inform us of any transgender children taking part and confirm that they have fully complied with the respective national governing body guidance in the instances where such a child is involved.
IAPS events are intended to always be fully inclusive, however we must always have in mind that our competitions are safe and fair for all children involved.
There are some useful links below for schools on how to more effectively support transgender and gender questioning pupils and prevent transphobia.
This Trans Toolkit for schools was written by Leicestershire county and city council and the Young Transgender Centre of excellence.
Guidance from the CPSU Safe Use of Changing Facilities includes a section (at the very end) related to Transgender and transitioning children and a link to working with LGBT+ children.
All National Governing bodies have their own transgender policies on their website. Councils have trans toolkits for schools on their websites. There are also a number of charities who support the trans community and can help provide practical advice.
The IAPS Code of Practice sets out our expectations for coaches, match officials, pupils, parents and spectators at all IAPS Sport events.
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. IAPS Anti Bullying policy sets out our approach to bullying and the procedures in place to prevent bullying taking place at IAPS sports events.
The IAPS media policy sets out our approach to the use of media supplied to the association by member schools, and the use of media by IAPS staff and professional photographers at sports events. It does not cover the use of media by individual schools during IAPS events. IAPS member schools should have their own policies to cover the use of media for such events.
There will be no professional photography at any IAPS events however parents and spectators can take their own pictures. There is no law against taking photos at public events for personal use, including pictures of other people's children (Ask the Police, 2018). IAPS asks parents and spectators to be cautious when sharing any images on social media. The NSPCC have useful advice on sharing images here
The Department for Education has released guidance on gender separation in mixed schools. It includes a section with guidance on single-sex sport. All IAPS Sport events follow the NGB guidance for gender separation in sport.
Designated Safeguarding Officer
Sport Events Manager
01926 461513 (Direct Line)
07469 853452 (Mobile)
Deputy Safeguarding Officer
Sport Events Coordinator
01926 461501 (Direct Line)
Address: 11 Waterloo Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5LA
Telephone: 01926 461513 (Office)