SAFEGUARDING ADVICE FOR CLUBS, COACHES & VOLUNTEERS
We work with sports clubs to support them in being a safe environment for children and young people.
Parents (or carers) have a right to check how well a sports club is run, for the sake of their child’s safety and their own piece of mind.
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) have produced guidelines to help sports clubs and organisations make sure that they deal with safeguarding concerns effectively. The guidance can be viewed here.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
“Parents, through their support, encouragement and understanding, play a pivotal role in supporting their child’s participation, success and fun when playing sport. It’s essential that sports clubs communicate regularly with parents so that both coach and parent work towards the same goals.” – Paul Stephenson, NSPCC CPSU
It is important for sports clubs to involve parents in their child’s sport for many reasons, including:
Increased and sustained participation – children are much more likely to take part in sport and remain engaged for longer if parents are involved in your club and show an interest in their child’s sport.
Get the best out of the experience – children are more likely to be able to attend training and competitions if parents are able to provide support with travel and funds.
Role modelling behaviour– parents play a vital role in modelling good sporting behaviours and helping children to cope with the inevitable challenges they’ll face in sport.
Parents can also:
Help out with activities, fundraising, website etc.
Become coaches, helpers and volunteers.
Parental behaviour can however have a negative impact on not only their child but the coach and club too. This can involve getting carried away on the sidelines and promoting a ‘win at all costs’ attitude.
CPSU provide advice on promoting positive parental behaviour – visit the CPSU website for help and advice for parents in sport.
You can also view the 5 top tips for working with parents in sport.
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Further information, advice, and guidance on safeguarding issues can be accessed via the below links.