Safeguarding at the London Mets
The London Mets work together with guidance from BSUK to make sure the club are moving in line with safeguarding policy & procedure.
For more information on BSUK safeguarding policy please follow the link here
The BSUK safeguarding lead is Mark Caress.
The London Mets Safeguarding lead is Gabi Martens.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is a vital process that protects children and adults from harm, abuse, and neglect. The safety and wellbeing of adults and children in sport is important as it provides a safe space in which to play sport and be active. A key part of safeguarding is spreading the message about keeping participants, especially children, safe and building a culture of always acting in the best interest of all children.
Sport can have a powerful and positive influence on its participants, especially young people. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also develop valuable lifelong skills and qualities, including [ positive self-esteem, leadership and teamwork. However, these positives can only occur if the sport is in the right hands – under the protection of those who place the welfare of all participants first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.
The reality, however, is that abuse does sometimes take place in sport and in some cases coaches and other trusted adults have been convicted of criminal offences and/or disciplined by the National Governing Body (NGB) of their sport.
The British Baseball Federation (BBF), the British Softball Federation (BSF) and BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) are committed to working together and in partnership with all relevant agencies to ensure that all three bodies fulfil the legal and moral obligations to safeguard and promote the welfare of all participants, and specifically young people and adults at risk.
DBS Checks for Coaches
All our coaches are subject to DBS checks prior to each season. We understand the importance of DBS checks and following government guidance on policy.
This is to make sure we are doing all we can to create a safe and collaborative environment for children, young and vulnerable adults to grow and enjoy playing baseball.
The London Mets runs a large and successful youth program and we are committed to the growth and sustainability of youth baseball in the UK
After agreeing to be a coach with the Mets the following guidance will help to get a DBS check completed.
You will receive a DBS form from our safeguarding officer, this needs to be returned to Mark at BSUK
BSUK will complete the check. Once the check is completed, coaches will receive a certificate
This certificate needs to be scanned and sent back to the safeguarding officer at email@example.com
You can set your DBS check up for yearly renewal. Which is free fr volunteers. This is highly recommended. For guidance you can see the documents below.
You will also need to provide the following with your application:
ID: a driving licence or passport
National Insurance Number
5 years of addresses.