Safeguarding & Sports
A video by NSPCC about sports and safeguarding.
It is important to encourage the safety and well-being of children and young people participating in sports and physical activity clubs. Spreading the message about child safety and cultivating a culture of always acting in the best interests of all children and young people is an important aspect of child safeguarding.
When staff, volunteers, or others provide services, activities, or programmes, safeguarding best practices should be exhibited and implemented. Information and training should be made available to coaches, staff, and volunteers to guide them in best practise when working with all children and young people to reduce the possibility of abuse to those at risk (or potential risk) in sporting environments.
People who work with children and young people in England are required by law to keep them safe. The Children Act of 2004 outlines this legislation. Working Together to Safeguard Children, a government paper, provides more recommendations.
It is critical that a sports or physical activity organisation that caters to children and young people has:
- the appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures in place;
- that employees (paid or unpaid) understand their roles in terms of child safety and welfare, as well as what to do if they have concerns about a child or young person in their care.
- that the organsiation demonstrates that they take child and adolescent safeguarding seriously.