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Safeguarding

If you are a young person and

  • you are worried about how you feel or how you are being treated  or;
  • you are worried for a friend or;
  • you are worried about something you have seen or heard and you don’t know who to talk to;

Contact Childline

If you have a concerns about the welfare of a child, you can contact the APT Safeguarding Lead Margaret Blount to discuss. However if the child is in immediate danger or they are injured, contact emergency services straight away.

The right to be treated fairly

If you are a young person, you have the right to be treated fairly and have fun playing sport. If something is worrying you, don’t keep it to yourself. Tell your parent, your carer, your teacher – an adult you trust. If you are feeling confident enough, the club, group or school should have an adult responsible for safeguarding and you could tell that person directly. In a club, this person is often called the Club Welfare Officer and you should be able to find out who it is from a notice board or club website. Don’t worry if you are not sure if what you have seen is right or wrong, if you think it is wrong, tell someone and they will have a responsibility to follow it up.

As a parent or carer, you will want your child to have a positive time when taking part in sport and to do this in a safe and friendly environment. The club, group or school should have safeguarding and anti-bullying policies and procedures in place that all the staff, volunteers and coaches should be aware of, follow and be able to tell you about. You should find these on the club website.  If you want to know how things work, don’t be afraid to ask a club representative to explain.

If you see something that concerns you, please raise it with an adult involved in running the club or group. Most clubs and groups will have a Club Welfare Officer and you should be able to find out who this is from notice boards or club website.

Good Practice for Organisations

As a club or organisation, you need to adopt and apply good practice when dealing with children, young people and adults at risk to protect your users/members and to protect your coaches, volunteers and employees. Please see below for details of organisations who can support your organisation or club.

Sport England Club Matters

You need sound policies and procedures in place, understood by your coaches, volunteers and employees and shared with your users/members and parents/carers. The welfare and safeguarding pages on the Sport England Club Matters website provides useful information for safeguarding young people and adults at risk, informed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and the Ann Craft Trust respectively.

Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection is Sport Unit (CPSU), is part of the NSPCC, funded by Sport England to improve safeguarding and child protection practices within organisations providing sport and physical activity opportunities to young people. Their website has a lots of useful information and model policies, procedures and codes of practice. A good place to start is in their research library.

Ann Craft Trust

Ann Craft Trust is a national charity that exists to minimise the risk of abuse of adults at risk and disabled children. Again with funding from Sport England, it has set up a Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity Advice and Training team and lots of useful resources and information about training is available on their website.

Young People

Be aware of the diversity of the young people taking part. Who are the young people who are attending? Who are the young people who are not there, or who don’t come back. Are the sessions as inclusive as they could be? Do some young people need more support to engage and take part? Are the coaches or session leaders aware of this and/or have the skills or knowledge to make the sessions more inclusive. For the club or group to be more inclusive, do exclusive sessions need to delivered?

For advice on the how better to engage and support young people from different communities, the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) have produced the following guidance:

Other Resources

A toolkit supporting clubs and groups to provide inclusive sport and physical activity for people with sight loss

Talking Space: Creating positive experiences for LGBTQ+ young people in activity through inclusive environments

Training

There are many training courses on offer to support your knowledge around Safeguarding. Here are a selection of training courses available throughout the year.

E-Learning

Face to Face

Details of more specialist safeguarding training e.g. Time to Listen training for Club welfare officers is also available on the CPSU website and there are a number of webinars and podcasts that can be accessed.

Active Partners Trust Safeguarding Policies

Active Partners Trust Safeguarding Lead

Margaret Blount

Operations Lead

Safeguarding Lead

margaret.blount@activepartnerstrust.org.uk