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SAFEGUARDING - REPORTING

Hockey Wales is committed to making Hockey a safe sport for all its members and we will ensure you have the right tools to make sure we can keep the game safe and fun.

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HW Young People Policy

HW Adult Policy

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REPORTING CONCERNS

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If you are concerned about the way a coach, leader, umpire, volunteer or another player is treating you or someone you know, just remember there is always someone available who can help you.

If you have a concerns and believe the matter is serious or urgent, please contact NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or contact the Police/Children’s Services straight away.

It’s vital that you talk to your parent or carer or your Club Welfare Officer who is there to help you with any situation. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to them in person then you can always visit the NSPCC website and e-mail them for help and support.

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DEALING WITH PROBLEMS AND ISSUES

It is important that unacceptable behaviour is dealt with quickly and appropriately. Therefore it is essential that people know where to go if they want to report a concern or incident.

Clubs and associations should use their own procedures to resolve straightforward issues locally and informally where possible.

Hockey Wales already has a number of ways in which poor behaviour and breaches of policy are dealt with.

There are regulations in place to deal with concerns or incidents involving match day misconduct, safeguarding and protecting young people and doping offences, as detailed below:

RED CARD & MATCH-DAY MISCONDUCT

In place to deal with breaches of the rules of hockey, on pitch issues and match day misconduct. Has provision for certain mandatory minimum periods of suspension. Covered by the Hockey Wales Red Card and Match Day Misconduct Offences Discipline Regulations.

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SAFEGUARDING & PROTECTING YOUNG PEOPLE

In place to deal with issues relating to abuse or inappropriate behaviour in relation to under 18 year olds. Covered by the Hockey Wales Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Complaints and Disciplinary Regulations.

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Anti-Doping

In place to deal with doping related offences that contravene the Anti Doping Rules. Covered by the Hockey Wales Anti-doping Regulations, the Hockey Wales complies with the World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) Code. An additional set of regulations has been developed to deal with any breaches that fall outside the remit of the existing regulations, but still need a route for resolution. These regulations are called Disrepute.

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Disrepute

Any breaches of the Code of Ethics that are not covered in the existing three categories above are covered by the Hockey Wales Disciplinary Regulations.

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Copies of all the regulations are available here

Everyone is bound by Hockey Wales’ Regulations and clubs and associations have a responsibility to make their members aware of them.