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These safeguarding resources for tennis focus on the well-being of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.


  • A child or young person is defined as a person under the age of 18 (Children’s Act 2014).

  • A vulnerable adult is an adult who is unable, by reason of detention, age, sickness, mental impairment, or any other cause, to withdraw himself or herself (themselves) from the care of another person (NZ Crimes Act 1961).

  • A vulnerable adult might be someone who has an intellectual or physical disability, has mental health needs, has a learning disability, is blind or visually impaired, is deaf or has a hearing impairment or has communication difficulties.


The well-being and ability for children, young people, and vulnerable adults to thrive in tennis also requires their safety and welfare to be covered too.

Children, young people, and vulnerable adults have the right to be free from harm and abuse.

  • Safeguarding is the set of actions organisations can take to keep young and vulnerable people safe from harm. 

It is a broad term encompassing the prevention of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and neglect of children.

Even if good preventive measures are in place, concerns about a child’s well-being may still arise.

  • Child protection is an essential part of safeguarding and refers to the action taken in response to a specific concern for a child or children who may be suffering, or at risk of suffering, harm or abuse. It requires referral to specialised child protection services, law enforcement agencies and expert local organisations that are trained to provide advice and manage cases if concerns arise.

 Adapted from Sport NZ

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