East Young Umpire Pathway

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- Safeguarding & Protecting -

Safeguarding and Protecting our Young Umpires is exceptionally important. England Hockey have specific recommendations regarding young umpires officiating hockey matches. East Young Umpire Pathway, support these recommendations fully, and have adopted them for the Academy and Performance Programmes.

 

Any appointments of young umpires to any events made by EYUAG, will only be made after careful consideration of the abilities, welfare and development needs of any young umpires concerned.

 

No matter what the appointment is, or who is appointing, we expect everyone to adhere to the Safeguarding and Protecting policy - this includes hockey associations and clubs!

 

If any appointing body is found to be in breach of these policies, appropriate action will be taken. These safeguarding policies exist for the interest of the young person involved, and not following them puts these young people in danger.

 

To ensure East Young Umpire Pathway adheres to these policies on all our appointments, as well as appointing umpires, we will also appoint Umpire Developers and Umpire Managers, which will work as a support team to the young umpires.

 

If you have any questions, issues or would like further information, please contact the EYUP Chair or Welfare & Safeguarding Officer.

 

- Safeguarding Documents -

- Working with Young Umpires -

England Hockey have produced guidance which is designed to minimise the risks to young umpires taking part and to maximise their enjoyment and well-being. The guidance outlines young umpire developer roles and their key safeguarding responsibilities to young umpires.

 

In order to achieve this all adults working within hockey have a duty of care to all young people (under 18), be vigilant and respond to suspicions of poor practice abuse or bulling appropriately.

 

All adults who work with young people in hockey are in a position of trust which has been invested in them by parents, the sport and the young person. These individuals are also bound by the England Hockey’s (EH) policies, procedures and good practice guidance (SafeD).

 

All concerns about a young person or the behaviour of an adult towards a young person should be reported in line with England Hockey’s (EH) safeguarding and protecting young people’s reporting procedures.

 

In all cases advise and guidance must first be sought from a Welfare & Safeguarding Officer

 

Responsibilities How to Provide Support
Young Umpire Mentor - The mentor’s responsibility is to keep the young umpire at the centre of the relationship and try to ensure that learning occurs
- The Umpire Mentor must observe and assess the young umpire
- Ensure Young Umpires are aware that they are in a position of trust
- The Umpire Mentor must work within the England Hockey’s Safeguarding and Protecting Young People Policy
- Listen to the young umpire’s issues and problems
- Ask ‘How’s it going?’
- Help the young umpire to work through problems
- Ensure young umpires are carrying out good practice at all times
- Ensure Young Umpires are aware of who their Welfare Officer is
Young Umpire Coach - Umpire Coaches are responsible for the delivery of the programme and for the safety and welfare of all participants whilst on and off the pitch
- If any welfare issues are reported to an Umpire Coach they should be reported immediately to the Umpire Association’s Welfare Officer
- Discuss the young umpire’s games / sessions - any problems encountered, giving positive feedback
- Encourage the use of appropriate use of language
- Give young umpires the confidence to challenge inappropriate behaviour
Young Umpire Manager - Umpire Managers will be in loco parentis for each young umpire in their group
- To ensure the event Welfare Plan is adhered to by both Young Umpire Developers and Young Umpires
- Umpire Managers are responsible for the welfare and protection of young umpires throughout the event both at the venue and at the event accommodation. Umpire Managers will be the first point of contact for any welfare issues which occur or are reported by a young umpire
- It will be the Umpire Managers responsibility to escalate any concerns from either a Young Umpire or adult
- Make sure all consent forms are completed by a parent/guardian for Young Umpires who are U18 prior to the event
- The Young Umpire Manager must be aware of any medical conditions or allergies and are responsible for ensuring measures are put in place to accommodate them
- Umpire Managers must be available at all times for their athletes to talk to regarding safeguarding and welfare issues

- Young Umpires & Clubs -

This includes all league matches and friendly matches in a club environment.

 

A Young Umpire Developer (YUD) have a duty of care to ensure the welfare of Young Umpires is upheld throughout the duration of the match. In best case scenario’s, the YUD will be a qualified Umpire Coach or Umpire with England Hockey.

 

As a minimum requirement, the responsible adult will act as a chaperone, which can be a parent or guardian.

 

Young Umpires can particularly be vulnerable when they are umpiring adult teams. For example Young Umpires may be exposed to more inappropriate language and behaviours in this setting. YUD’s should challenge inappropriate behaviours through the team’s manager or captain, which are targeted towards Young Umpires. All concerns must be reported to the local  Welfare Officer as soon as possible.

 

It is a YUD's responsibility to ensure that the changing room arrangements for the Young Umpire follow the EH policies and procedures concerning U18’s using adult changing facilities.

 

- Young Umpires & Festivals -

A Young  Umpire Developer (YUD) have a duty of care to ensure the welfare of Young Umpires is upheld throughout the duration of the match. In best case scenario’s, the YUD will be a qualified Umpire Coach or Umpire with England Hockey.

 

As a minimum requirement, the responsible adult will act as a chaperone, which can be a parent or guardian.

 

Young Umpires can particularly be vulnerable when they are umpiring adult teams. For example Young Umpires may be exposed to more inappropriate language and behaviours in this setting. YUD’s should challenge inappropriate behaviours through the team’s manager or captain, which are targeted towards Young Umpires. All concerns must be reported to the local  Welfare Officer as soon as possible.

 

It is a YUD's responsibility to ensure that the changing room arrangements for the Young Umpire follow the EH policies and procedures concerning U18’s using adult changing facilities.

 

It is YUD’s responsibility to ensure Young Umpires have an adequate amount of rest in-between matches; one way to achieve this is by ensuring adequate umpire appointments for these occasions.

 

YUD’s are responsible for Young Umpires both on and off the pitch, so should arrange suitable supervision at all times.

 

Arrival and departure arrangements should be planned prior to the tournament, with YUD’s only able to leave once all Young Umpires have been collected by their parent or guardian.

 

- Training & DBS Checks -

It is highly recommended that YUD's should complete England Hockey's online basic awareness course, with Young Umpires being made aware for their own learning.

 

YUD's who have regular responsiblity for young people must have an up to date DBS check. If you require a DBS check, please contact the Welfare & Safeguarding Manager, Welfare Officer or one of the DBS verifiers.

 

All Umpire Managers are strongly advised to attend a Sports Coach UK (scUK) Safeguarding and Protecting Children People workshop. This training should be renewed on a three-yearly basis.

 

DBS and qualification checks should not be used in isolation when appointing any YUD's/ They should be one part of the process to determine if someone is suitable to work with young people in these particular roles. England Hockey's recruitment guidance provides a number of steps to ensure individuals working with young people in hockey, whether in a  paid or unpaid capacity, are suitable and appropriate for the role.

 

YUD's should always be publicly open when working with Young Umpires. They must ensure that whenever possible there is more than one adult present during activities with young umpires, or at least that they are in sight or hearing of others.

 

Everyone working within the hockey family is bound by England Hockey’s Code of Ethics and Behaviour. YUD’s should be familiar with the Umpire specific section of this document.

 

Parents/Guardians should be copied into all communications with Young Umpires and private messaging should be avoided at all times.

 

While social networking can bring many advantages it is important for YUD’s to take ownership of safeguarding young people online and take steps to ensure safeguarding policies, strategies and procedures to address safety issues. YUD’s must read EH’s ‘Think Before You Post’ Guidance.

 

YUD’s who have a duty of care to Young Umpires are not permitted to drink alcohol in their presence. Certain events will be dry events and this must be adhered to at all times. It is illegal for U18s to purchase and consume alcohol.

 

Please visit England Hockey's best practice guidance for more information on any of these topics