Sport can have a very powerful and positive influence on people, especially children, and should provide opportunities for both enjoyment and achievement. Through sport, children can develop valuable qualities, such as leadership, confidence and self-esteem.
However these positive outcomes can only be achieved if your organisation or club has prioritised safeguarding the welfare of young participants, and if the coaching you provide is of the highest possible standard. It is essential that you understand and act on your reponsibilities, so that children can enjoy sports within a safe and secure environment where they feel protected and empowered to make the most suitable choices.
The following information has been provided so your coaches, sports club or organisation can act appropriately and lay down the correct foundations for safeguarding and protecting children in your care:
- Download A Guide for Sports Coaches and Leaders
- Download A Guide for Sports Clubs and Organisations
- Download a list of our Safeguarding and Protecting Children courses
Up to date information from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit
The NSPCC child protection in sport unit can also be contacted by calling: 0808 800 5000
What do you do if you have a concern?
If you have any type of child protection concerns then there are a number of organisations who can provide the correct advice and guidance. The most important thing is that your concerns are reported and actioned through the appropriate channels.
We also have dedicated child protection officers that can help advise you on the next steps to take.
Click here for Herfordshire's Designated Herts Sport Partnership Child Protection Officers
If you are a child or parent looking for further information on child protection concerns please click here.
If you are interested in or need support with local and national policies then please click here.