Interim Child Protection Policy

The club is required by law to have a child protection policy.  The executive committee agreed on 21 May 2015 to adopt the following interim policy which should be noted by all club members.   It is envisaged that the interim policy may be superseded, following consultation, with a more comprehensive statement.



Everyone who participates in the activities of Watford Chess Club (“Watford”) is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment.  Watford has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for young people, club members provide them with the highest possible standard of care.

Watford is committed to devising and implementing policies so that all involved accept their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse.  This means following procedures to protect children and report any concerns about their welfare to appropriate authorities. 

The aim of the policy is to promote good practice, providing children and young people with appropriate safety/protection whilst in Watford’s care and to allow all involved to make informed responses to specific child protection issues. 


Watford is committed to the following:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount
  • all children, whatever their age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity should be able to play chess in a fun and safe environment
  • taking all reasonable steps to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings
  • all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • all club members who act as coaches with children will be vetted with regard to their suitability for that responsibility and will be provided with guidance, where they do not already possess this knowledge, in good practice and child protection procedures
  • working in partnership with parents and children is essential for the protection of children

The Interim Child Protection Policy shall be interpreted as applying to vulnerable adults as well as to children.


Watford’s executive committee will regularly review this policy and its implementation.   Instances, or suspected instances, of failure to comply with the above policy statement should be reported to a member of the executive committee.

Until otherwise decided, Watford requires that parents of juniors under age 18 (being persons defined as “children” by the Children Act 1989) should remain with their children while their children are on club premises or representing the club at other venues.   Exceptions may occasionally be agreed for short periods when a suitably vetted coach is present.

Note:  The italicised sentence was added 2 November 2015.