Privacy & Safeguarding

Child Protection Policy Statement

Dartford Junior Chess Club (DJCC) follows a Safeguarding Policy in line with the English Chess Federation guidance materials.

DJCC promotes and develops chess. It acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people aged up to 18 years and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice.

The policy recognizes that the welfare and interests of children and young people are paramount in all circumstances as enshrined in the Children Act 1989. It aims to ensure that regardless of age, gender, religion or beliefs, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or identity, or socioeconomic background, all children

  • have a positive and enjoyable experience of chess in a safe and child centered environment
  • are protected from harm and abuse whilst participating in chess or outside of the activity.

It also aims to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

DJCC acknowledges that some children, including disabled children and young people or those from ethnic minority communities, can be particularly vulnerable to abuse and we accept the responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure their welfare. As part of our safeguarding policy DJCC will

  • promote and prioritize the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • value, listen to and respect children and young people
  • ensure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in respect of safeguarding and is provided with appropriate learning opportunities to recognize, identify and respond to signs of abuse, neglect and other safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people
  • make clear who the designated Lead for Safeguarding and Safeguarding Officer is/are and their roles.
  • ensure appropriate action is taken in the event of incidents/concerns of abuse and support provided to the individual/s who raise or disclose the concern
  • ensure that confidential, detailed and accurate records of all safeguarding concerns are maintained and securely stored
  • prevent the employment/deployment of unsuitable individuals
  • ensure robust safeguarding arrangements and procedures are in operation
  • share concerns with agencies who need to know, involving parents and children appropriately.

The policy and procedures will be widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in DJCC including staff, officers, volunteers and anyone working on behalf of the DJCC. Failure to comply with the policy and procedures will be addressed without delay and may ultimately result in dismissal/exclusion from the organization.

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Children Act 1989
  • United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Sexual Offenses Act 2003
  • Children Act 2004
  • Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
  • Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children including: Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018 and 2019).

The policy will be reviewed annually by the director of DJCC or in the following circumstances:

  • changes in legislation and/or government guidance
  • as required by the Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • as a result of any other significant change or event.

The DJCC Child Protection Policy is approved by the Director and Designated Safeguarding Lead of DJCC, Miroslav Danov.

Date of last review: 24th February 2024

The full English Chess Federation Policy and Procedures documents can be found here.