The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) strives to ensure that all children, young people and adults at risk are safeguarded from abuse and have an enjoyable tennis experience.
Everyone who is involved in tennis has a shared responsibility to support this by promoting the welfare of all children, young people and adults at risk.
If you wish to learn more, check out our toolkit 'What's the Score: Safe and Inclusive Tennis', and book onto the Safe and Inclusive Tennis training!
If you have any concerns, or wish to report anything, you can call the British Tennis Services team on: 020 8487 7000 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or email the Safe and Inclusive Tennis team: email@example.com. If you wish to speak to someone outside of office hours, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or if someone is in immediate danger, call the police (999).
What to do if you have a concern
What should I do if I have a concern about a child, young person or adult at risk?
Any concerns about a child, young person or adult at risk should be raised with your club's welfare officer or the Safe and Inclusive Tennis team as soon as possible. If you are unable to contact either of them, the NSPCC have a 24/7 helpline - 0808 800 5000.
It is best practice to gain consent before you share information, however you can still share information to help keep them safe.
You should, where possible, gain parental consent to share information unless it puts the child, yourself or another person at risk of harm. If an adult at risk does not give consent, you can share the information if you reasonably believe they are at risk of harm to themselves or others, or someone has committed or is likely to commit a criminal offence.
Supervising children and young people
How many adults do I need to supervise a group of children during a coaching session?
Download our Coach/Player ratio recommendations guide for information on supervising children in a coaching session.
How many adults do I need to supervise a group of children on a trip?
- 2:8 for children 10 and under
- 2:10 for children aged 11 and over
You may decide to have a greater adult-to-child ratio dependent on the needs of the children or identified risks. The gender of the supervising adults should match the gender of the children.
How many adults do I need to supervise a group of children overnight?
You should have two adults/supervisors who match the gender of the children. The exact number of staff and their differing responsibilities will be determined by the profile of the trip.
What age can children be left unsupervised at a tennis venue?
We recommend that children under the age of 13 are supervised by their parent/carer whilst at a tennis venue and outside of any venue sessions, such as coaching lessons or tennis camps.
Tennis venues can, at their discretion, opt for a different age but should conduct a thorough risk assessment of the venue, including access to its facilities, the location and security measures to help inform the decision.
Who is responsible for transporting children to and from a venue?
Coaches and other venue staff/volunteers are not responsible for transporting children to and from the venue, unless as part of a venue organised trip (see below).
It is reasonable for venues and coaches to place responsibility on parents for ensuring appropriate transport arrangements are made for their children.
Parents may choose to make private arrangements with another adult (such as a family friend) to transport their child, however, should let the venue know.
What happens in situations when a venue needs to transport children?
In situations where a venue is arranging transport for children (for example, to an away match) the venue must ensure the following:
- Parents are informed of the destination, reason for the journey and who the driver will be
- Parents return to the venue a completed Consent and Emergeny Contact Form and the driver should have a copy of this with them on the journey in case of emergencies
- There are two adults in the car
- Children are seated in the back of the vehicle at all times
- If the children are a mixture of female and male, where possible the two adults should also be male and female
- There is an established procedure in the event of a breakdown/emergency.
- The driver has a valid UK driving licence, satisfactory DBS check, correct insurance, MOT certificate and complies with laws on the use of seatbelts and restraints
- If transporting children in a mini-bus or bus, the driver must also have the correct type of licence (more info here)
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) also has further guidance on this topic in their Safe Sports Events toolkit which you can access here.
Deaf and disabled children
Is there any additional support available to welcome deaf or disabled children to our tennis venue?
Yes – the Tennis Foundation has a number of specialist programmes for children who are deaf, disabled, or have down syndrome. It is always best to ask a parent what additional support their child may need within tennis.
*Childline is a service provided by the NSPCC. Registered charity numbers 216401 and SC037717