Morpeth HC adopts England Hockey's Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Hockey Policy and works in accordance with the following statement:
Morpeth HC is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and positive environment for all young people involved in hockey. It accepts its responsibility to help safeguard the welfare of all young people and protect them from poor practice, abuse and bullying.
Every individual and organisation within the Hockey Family has a role and responsibility to help ensure the safety and welfare of young people. The Hockey Family is defined below.
Morpeth HC as a provider of opportunities for young people in hockey accepts that we are required to fulfil our duty of care which means that we must do everything that can be reasonably expected of us to help safeguard and protect young people from any reasonably foreseeable harm.
Hockey Family all individuals, clubs, associations, and other organisations involved in any capacity in the game of hockey, and whether or not members of England Hockey. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all players and anyone working within hockey (in a paid or voluntary capacity, and whether as an employee or on a self-employed or other work basis) including all coaches, umpires, referees and other officials.
ClubsFirst is the England Hockey accreditation scheme for clubs. It is a national recognition of clubs that can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards. All clubs achieving ClubsFirst also achieve the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, a nationally recognised award for sports clubs.
Clubs achieving the ClubsFirst award are recognised as working towards providing a Safe, Effective and Child Friendly hockey Environment. They also receive the CLUBMARK award. County Sports Partnerships and Funding agencies are increasingly recognising these clubs and choosing to work with them as a priority. There are also a range of benefits, priority bookings and other services available to ClubsFirst clubs.
Morpeth Hockey Club are Club First Registered.