We are a coaching provider operating a venue(s)/park site and wish to Register this venue with the LTA. How do the standards apply to us?
The standards apply to you in the same way as they do for Registered Venues. The difference is that you will need to have someone within your company to act as the Welfare Officer (they must not be one of the coaching team). This person will be responsible for ensuring your company complies with the standards. They must be affiliated to you as a British Tennis Member and meet the Welfare Officer requirements (training, DBS etc) as a regular tennis venue would.
Your Welfare Officer may therefore be an employee or someone who is potentially friends with the coaching team. This would pose a conflict of interest and may be a barrier to some people raising concerns. You must therefore also have details of who the Welfare Officer is at each venue you operate at and make sure this information is provided to your customers. This could be done by listing the information on your website, newsletter or providing a handout. If you are based at a park site and there is no designated Welfare Officer, you should have details of the local authority social care team.
To mitigate further against potential barriers to reporting, your whistleblowing policy should be robust and prominently displayed on your website next to the details of the Welfare Officer(s). A template whistleblowing policy can be downloaded here.
DBS checks for relevant staff in your company will only be required if you are engaging someone to work with children. Guidance on who requires a DBS check can be found here.