Child Protection - Safeguarding in Sport
An e-learning course for everyone who works with children in sport is now available.
All children and young people who take part in sport have the right for their safety and protection to be assured. This is the responsibility of every adult and agency working in sport.
Sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on young people. It can provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement as well as developing valuable qualities such as self esteem, leadership and teamwork. These positive benefits can only take place if sport is managed by people who place the welfare of all young people first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.
Sport Hampshire & IOW core team have a Child Protection Policy in place which has been awarded the Intermediate Standard. It covers coaches who work on their behalf and are employed by Hampshire County Council. This document is currently under review. In the interim the following templates may be of use.
As a County Sports Partnership our role is pivotal in signposting and supporting partners with regard to the resources that are available to enhance this area of work and advocate the work towards the National Standards established by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
For information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and the the latest information on the disclosure process, visit the Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service web pages.
Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
The Disclosure and Barring Service are responsible for:
processing requests for criminal records checks
deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list
placing or removing people from the DBS children’s barred list and adults’ barred list for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you are worried or have concerns about a child's safety or wellbeing then the NSPCC's message is Don't talk yourself out of it. Talk to us. The NSPCC Helpline is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day for you to speak to someone who can listen to your concerns, offer advise and support and take action on your behalf. You can talk in confidence but the NSPCC may decide to share information with others like the police and children's services.
You can contact them in a number of ways:
Telephone 0808 800 5000
Textphone / Webcam (for deaf or hard of hearing) 18001 0808 800 5000 / SignVideo
Making contact with the NSPCC will help to give you piece of mind. Talking your worries through, will relieve you from the problem and puts it in the hands of the experts.
If you think a child is in immediate danger, always call 999.
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sports Council for Northern Ireland and the Sports Council for Wales. The Unit was founded in 2001 to co-ordinate and support sports organisations implementation of the 2000 National Action Plan for Child Protection in Sport.
The CPSU’s mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 and to promote their well being. The CPSU plays an important part in the NSPCC’s long term strategy for ending child abuse by helping sports and other organisations to:
Recognise their responsibility to protect children and young people left in their care.
Develop strategies and standards to protect children and young people.
Identify and respond to adults who are a threat to children and young people
Develop child protection knowledge and skills among all staff and volunteers.
As a County Sports Partnership, the National Standards promoted by the CPSU provide a benchmark of good practice for us and other sports organisations to work towards. Their implementation by an organisation helps to raise awareness among staff and volunteers and minimise avoidable risks. When the Standards are fully implemented, it is likely to increase confidence among parents and carers about their children’s safety.
The CPSU website contains some very useful and up to date legislation on the protection of children and young people in sport. The website contains details of Child Protection Officers or Lead Contacts for most Governing Bodies of Sport.
Managing Challenging Behaviour
Staff/volunteers who deliver sports activities to children may, on occasions, be required to deal with a child’s challenging behaviour.
The CPSU have produced guidelines to promote good practice and to encourage a proactive response to supporting children to manage their own behaviour. They suggest some strategies and sanctions which can be used and also identify unacceptable sanctions or interventions which must never be used by staff or volunteers.
'It's our game, not yours'
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.
Sports Development Manager
- Hants Direct (Children Services)
0845 603 5620
- Police Referal Unit (Hampshire)
0845 045 4545
- Local Safeguarding Children Board