Safeguarding in sports/ dance/ community clubs

It’s important for parents/ carers to check that any sports club or activity that your child attends has your child’s safety as its priority. Even if the club seems professional, there are questions that you should ask to make sure that they have all the necessary safeguarding measures in place.

1. Can I see your safeguarding policy?

A good organisation/ club should have up to date safeguarding procedures in place and be happy to provide/show you copies.

2. Who is your Welfare Officer?

The club should have a designated Welfare Officer who is responsible for dealing with any safeguarding concerns that may arise.

3. Do you follow Safer Recruitment procedures?

Every organisation providing sporting activities to young people must ensure they have the correct recruitment processes in place which includes interviews, references and have undertaken the appropriate police checks for their volunteers and staff.

4. How do you promote the welfare of children and young people?

The club should be able to demonstrate how they actively promote safeguarding which includes listening and  responding to the views of children and young people.

 

Don’t be afraid to question.

A good and professional organisation will already have procedures in place and will welcome the chance to demonstrate that they are providing a safe environment for your child.

For further guidance on Safeguarding in Sports for parents and carers, click on the image below to download a copy of the following leaflet.

 
Safeguarding in sports

 

 

My magic sports kit

This video shows several children involved in different sports describing how the behaviour of parents/spectators deteriorates when they wear their ‘magic sports kit’ – i.e. when they compete. They talk about a range of bad adult behaviours and how these negatively impact on them. They then describe and promote positive behaviour.

Child Protection in Sport Unit