The welfare and wellbeing of all children, and adults at risk, attending an IAPS event is of the highest concern. All such persons have the right to safety and protection and any suspicions, concerns or allegations of harm will be taken seriously and will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
IAPS expects all adults who are engaged with the delivery of sports events, to fully comply with safeguarding procedures as laid out in IAPS Safeguarding policy and procedures and the KCSiE September 2019 document.
Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
Children must never be subject to any form of treatment that is harmful, racist, abusive, humiliating or degrading. All reasonable steps must be taken to promote the interests and well-being of children and protect them from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment, as all children have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
IAPS's Safeguarding Policy and Procedures sets out our approach to safeguarding and child protection.
Anti Bullying Policy
IAPS embraces diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. We understand and respect that there can be differences between assigned sex and gender identity. We are entirely against discrimination, victimisation or harassment based on a person’s gender identity.
IAPS sport events follow National Governing Body rules and regulations, including their transgender guidance. Schools are required to follow the respective guidelines for each sport, including the pre and post puberty requirements, and enter children into events appropriately.
Support for schools
There are some useful links below for schools on how to effectively support transgender and gender questioning pupils and prevent transphobia.
Guidance from the CPSU Safe Use of Changing Facilities includes a section (at the very end) related to Transgender and transitioning children and a link to working with LGBT+ children.
NGB transgender guidance
All National Governing bodies have a transgender policy on their website. Councils have trans toolkits for schools on their websites. There are also a number of charities who support the trans community and can help provide practical advice.
The IAPS media policy sets out our approach to the use of media supplied to the association by member schools, and the use of media by IAPS staff at sports events. It does not cover the use of media by individual schools at events. IAPS member schools should have their own policies to cover the use of media at events.
Photography advice at IAPS events
There is no professional photography at any IAPS event however parents and spectators can take their own pictures. There is no law against taking photos at public events for personal use, including pictures of other people's children (Ask the Police, 2018). IAPS asks parents and spectators to be cautious when sharing any images on social media. The NSPCC have useful advice on sharing images here