Safeguarding within the ISST

ISST holds safeguarding at the heart of it organization as such membership of ISST is subject to each school providing the ISST Executive 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 ISST secretary and must be updated when membership schools make any updates.

ISST member schools must provide the ISST 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.

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:

1)     Immediately notify the DSL or DHS of the host school.

2)     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 ISST 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.

Curfew, Supervision & Safety

The following rules and guidelines are intended to clarify what the expectations are for both host families and guest athletes with regards to curfew and supervision.

General:             

1) NO guest athlete is allowed to leave the host family’s local environment without adult supervision.

Definition:  It is acceptable for guest athletes to visit local (walking distance) cafes or take a walk in the local area without adult supervision. It is NOT acceptable for guest athletes to leave the host family’s local environment without adult supervision. In this case, guest athletes MUST return to the host family no later than 22.00.

Student athletes who are in grades 6, 7 & 8  OR in Middle School MUST be supervised by an adult at ALL times. 

2) If host family adults take guests out in the evening then it is important that they return at a reasonable hour (22.00-23.00). Furthermore, guests should be mindful that they are in competition and therefore getting enough sleep throughout the visit is important.

3) City centers and high profile tourist attractions:
Clearly ISST competitions provide wonderful opportunities for visiting athletes to not only compete but also to visit some of the best cultural sites in the world. However, even if this is a host family’s local environment we urge host families to use discretion if/when visiting such sites. Click HERE to see the current travel advice from the US state department.

4) It is only acceptable for guest athletes to travel with their housing partner(s) along with host students/parents or family members from the tournament venue to the host family before or after the day’s competition. From the housing pick up guests must be accompanied by a member of the host family or designated person cleared by the Tournament Director. 

Student athletes who are in grades 6, 7 & 8  OR in Middle School MUST be supervised by an adult at ALL times.

 

Click HERE for the Safeguarding Incident Report Form (SIRF)