ISAA holds safeguarding at the heart of it organization as such membership of ISAA is subject to each school providing the ISAA Advisory with current school child protection policy, safeguarding guidelines and policies, trip guidelines and procedures in place for if/when an incident occurs. The safeguarding policies and procedures of each school will be kept in a file with the ISAA secretary and must be updated when membership schools make any updates.
ISAA member schools must provide the ISAA organization with details of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or Director of the host school where there is currently no DSL (DHS). This list will be made available to all membership Athletic Directors for distribution to Tournament Directors.
ISAA recommends schools follow the UNICEF safeguarding in sports guidelines.
In the case of a student at the centre of the allegation disclosing an incident to the Tournament Director/Coach during the course of a tournament, or in the case of significant other disclosing an incident to the Tournament Director/Coach during the course of a tournament on behalf of a student e.g. a coach, parent or fellow student, the Tournament Director/Coach must:
- Immediately notify the DSL or DHS of the host school.
- Complete the Safeguarding Incident Report Form (SIRF). The Tournament Director/Coach has a duty to complete all sections of the SIRF form and send a copy to the DSL or DHS of the host school and this will be sent to the Chairman of the ISAA when appropriate.
The course of a tournament can be defined as being from when students first enter the premises of the host school before the tournament begins until the students leave the premises of the school or tournament location following the awards ceremony.
The DSL or DHS of the host school must contact the DSL or DHS of the school/s that the student/s at the centre of the allegation attends.