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SAFEGUARDING ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

All children, young people and adults have the right to have fun and be safe and free from harm when participating in sport and physical activity. 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.

ADVICE FOR PARENTS

Sports clubs have responsibilities to ensure that their coaches and other staff are safe to work with children. Clubs should be able to provide you with confirmation that staff and volunteers are suitable and have undergone the right checks. All organisations providing sports for children should welcome your questions about how they will keep your child safe. The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) provides detailed advice on what to look for in a sports club: CPSU Information for Parents (Link opens in a new window).

HOW SAFE IS YOUR CHILD'S SPORTS CLUB?

SPORTS ENGLAND ADVICE

PARENTS CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

It’s also important to consider what impact your behaviour will have on how your child experiences sport. Whether you become an inspiration or take the fun out of the game depends on what you do on the side-lines.

Many parents don’t even realise that their behaviour could be having an impact on their child’s enjoyment of sport.

We ask parents to consider their own behaviour…

Remember that young people participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.

Encourage young people to participate, never force them.

Focus on, and praise the effort and performance displayed, rather than the winning or losing.

Encourage young people to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to argumentative behaviour.

Never ridicule a young person for making a mistake or losing a competition.
Remember that young people learn best by example. Always show appreciation for good performances displayed by all participants.
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from all sporting activities.
Respect coaches’ and officials’ decisions and teach young people to do likewise.
Always show appreciation for the coaches, officials and administrators. Without them there would be no activity for your child to participate in.
Respect the rights and dignity of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
Behave responsibly. Discriminatory, offensive and violent behaviour towards any individual is unacceptable and will be acted upon.
Always ensure you are punctual when dropping off and collecting your children, do not put the coach/club in a difficult position by arriving late.

“REMEMBER IT’S OUR GAME NOT YOURS”

USEFUL LINKS

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.

SAFEGUARDING CONTACTS

Have concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult? Find the relevant contact information here.

SAFEGUARDING RESOURCES

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.

SAFEGUARDIING TRAINING

Information and contact details of organisations providing Safeguarding training opportunities.