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The LTA and Tennis Foundation are committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults deemed at risk. We have adopted a three tiered approach which is illustrated by a traffic-light system. The information in our policies and training provides details about what to do in a variety of situations, in line with the three tiers:
Promoting safety and well-being in tennis venues is everyone’s responsibility. This ensures all community members have an enjoyable tennis experience, helping to attract and retain people to the sport. This approach also ensures compliance with legislation which guarantees and protects the rights of children, young people and adults who are deemed as being at risk. The LTA Safeguarding Team supports tennis venues to promote safety and well-being by sharing policies, procedures, guidance, best practice and identifying situations which require additional support.
Safety issues or challenges which may harm someone or people associated with a tennis venue. This requires immediate intervention to resolve the issue and prevent the issue from escalating. The LTA Safeguarding Team is available to offer information, advice, guidance and support to ensure all tennis venues resolve issues effectively and can continue on their journey of promoting safety and well-being for all members.
Serious protection issues which require the help from the LTA Safeguarding Team – in some cases they may involve Local Authority Social Care services or the Police. The Team will carry out a range of duties within current polices, guidance and legislation to safeguard the well-being of individuals concerned.