Safeguarding in Sport
If you run an organisation which provides sport activities for children and young people, it is essential that you have the correct safeguarding policies and procedures in place. It is also important that your staff (paid or voluntary) know what their responsibilities are with regards to the safety and welfare of children and what to do should they be concerned about a child within their care. Having the correct policies and procedures in place to safeguard children and young people shows that your organisation/ group takes safeguarding seriously.
The following list of guidance and links will help you create a safeguarding pack for your sports club:
Safeguarding checklist – This checklist is a guide to the policies, procedures and practices you should have in place to maximise safeguarding efforts in sport.
Disclosure and Barring Service – Provides information on getting a criminal record check, the DBS update service and all the latest updates on changes to the service, including applicant only disclosures.
Updates to Disclosure and Barring Service – IMPORTANT CHANGES you need to know
Reporting concerns – If you have any concerns about a child or young person in a sports setting you should contact the Leeds Duty and Advice team: What to do if you are concerned about a child
Managing allegations – The Local Authority Designated Officer should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
- possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child, or
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates s/he may pose a risk to children. (Working Together 2013)
You should also contact the national governing body of sport lead safeguarding officers. See: Dealing with a concern; Child Protection in Sport Unit.
Further information and support is also available from:
- West Yorkshire Sport : Safeguarding
- Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), Safeguarding children in sport, NSPCC
- Child Protection in Sport Unit – Safeguarding LGBTQ+ young people
- Safeguarding in Sport Training Package
- Sport England have brought leading bodies from Safeguarding together with the Martial Arts sector to launch the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts
- Info for sports parents to help keep children safe | CPSU (thecpsu.org.uk)
- Parents in sport – advice for clubs and coaches | CPSU (thecpsu.org.uk)