If you are a parent there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure that your child feels protected and safe within their sporting environment. As a parent you have the right to check that the sports club that your child attends is safe and secure.
It's easy to find out more about the club or group, using the following checklist:
- Ensure the school or club has the relevant Safeguarding Policies (including overnight stays code of conduct, photography - all of which can be found at the bottom of this page)
- Ensure there is a designated Club Welfare Officer (CWO) or Safeguarding Lead.
- Check that the venue is safe and secure.
- Find out what emergency procedures are in place.
Questions you could ask include:
- Who is coaching your child?
- Do they have a valid DBS?
- Have they got the CoachMark Accreditation?
- Have they got a certified Safeguarding, First Aid & Sport relevant Qualification?
For a more comprehensive guide please click here: Information for Parents
All Schools, Clubs and Coaches in Hertfordshire should be aiming to be Coach Mark Accredited.
To find out more information see our CoachMark Website
Alternatively go to our CoachMark page on our website under 'Coaching'
A parent, teacher, welfare / child protection officer in your club, a school counsellor or nurse are all people you could turn to.
If you feel there isn’t someone you could talk to, you can contact:
Child Line: 0800 1111 (This is a free and confidential helpline for young people)
You could also visit the NSPCC online advice service for young people at www.childline.org