Kent Sport is committed to keeping children and young people safe in sport, by working in partnership with organisations to promote best practice. We have put together the list below to highlight ways in which clubs, organisations and activity providers can help safeguard young people from potential abuse, as well as protecting staff, volunteers and other adults in positions of responsibility from allegations of abuse.
Here are ten things you can do:
- Share the slides on our “safeguarding and protecting children in sport” page, to raise awareness of why it is crucial to get it right.
- Sign up to Clubmark to help parents know they are choosing the right club for their children.
- Attend a Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop to learn about preventing and managing situations that might constitute poor practice or abuse.
- Involve young people in planning activities so they feel respected, valued and listened to, and to create an environment of open communication and trust.
- Make sure young participants know what to expect and what to do if they are worried, unsure or unhappy.
- Use anti-bullying resources and create an ethos where bullying behaviour is not condoned and is effectively dealt with.
- Follow good practice in taking and sharing photographs of children in sport, safe recruitment, and staffing and supervision ratios.
- View a webinar on keeping children safe online, safeguarding disabled children, eating disorders, or safeguarding LGBT young people.
- Encourage parents to play their part and raise awareness of the crucial role parents have in helping a child enjoy their sport and reach their full potential.
- Know where to go for help and advice if you are concerned about the welfare of a child.
You can also download NSPCC Helpline posters for your sports venues by visiting their website.
CPSU has produced a briefing note about safeguarding elite young athletes. The briefing is designed to assist governing bodies, coaches and parents to consider the impact and pressure being placed on young elite athletes and what is acceptable practice within their sport. You can download it here.
If you would like any further information on keeping young people safe in sport, or would like to discuss any of the information contained in this article, please visit our safeguarding contacts page.