SAFEGUARDING ADVICE FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Sport is fun! It gives you the opportunity to make new friends and try out new activities. However, for a few children the fun is spoiled by adults who do or say things during sporting activities or at other times that hurt or frighten them. What you / these children are experiencing may be abuse, you / they may feel that you / they have no one to talk to about it or that no one will listen or believe what you / they say.
If you think that you may be being abused, or are worried that it might be happening to a friend, it is really important that you tell someone so that they can help you. Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be; a parent or someone else in your family; another member of staff at the sports club; a teacher or school counsellor; your doctor or school nurse. Your club should have a welfare officer. Find out who they are and tell them about your worries.
You can download a copy of the County Durhams Sport Safeguarding Children Policy here. (Link opens in a new window).
If you think that you may be being abused, or are worried that it might be happening to a friend, it is really important that you tell someone so that they can help you. If there isn’t someone you feel you can talk to, you can contact Childline or the NSPCC, it is free and you can call them about any problem, at any time (it is a 24 hour service).
The information above has been adapted from the CPSU website.
Further information, advice, and guidance on safeguarding issues can be accessed via the below links.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING: CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Sport is fun! It gives you the opportunity to make new friends and try out new activities. However, for a few children the fun is spoiled by adults who do or say things during sporting activities or at other times that hurt or frighten them. We want to make sure the sports you are playing are safe!
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING ADULTS AT RISK
County Durham Sport have a responsibility and are committed to safeguarding the welfare of adults at risk involved in sport and physical activity across County Durham.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING ADULTS WITH ADDITIONAL VULNERABILITIES & SUPPORT NEEDS
Information designed to help sports clubs and organisations to support individuals with additional needs or vulnerabilities so that they participate in sport and physical activity.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING: CLUBS, COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS
We work with sports clubs to support them in being a safe environment for children and young people.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING: PARENTS & CARERS
It is your right as a parent or carer to be able to check how well a sports club is run, for the sake of your child’s safety and your peace of mind.
SAFEGUARDING: MARTIAL ARTS
Safeguarding should be a top priority for all those involved in every sport. This is why Sport England have brought leading bodies from Safeguarding together with the Martial Arts sector to launch the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.
Have concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult? Find the relevant contact information here.
This section contains downloadable resources and guidance documents for those working with children and young people or adults at risk in sport, including guidance on what to do if your worried a child is being abused.
Information and contact details of organisations providing Safeguarding training opportunities.