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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. (Link opens in a new window).

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 club 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:

Support their children in practical ways, such as buying kit and providing transport.

Help out with activities, fundraising, website etc.

Become coaches, helpers and volunteers.

Reinforce positive aspects of sports participation.

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” by clicking here.

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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.