Sport helps children grow and develop and can provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement. Through sport children can develop valuable qualities such as leadership, confidence and self-esteem. Every child and young person has the right to have fun, be safe and free from harm whether training for local team, playing for a local club or representing a sport and country at international level.
It is essential that sports clubs/organisations adopt good practice when dealing with children and ensure that their safety is paramount. This will ensure that they can enjoy sport within a safe and secure environment where they feel protected and empowered to make the most suitable choices. Providing children with positive sporting experiences means that they will be more likely to achieve their true potential.
Please see the latest advert from the NSPCC about sexual abuse called ‘Please say something‘. Set in a sporting environment, this advert is particularly powerful.
It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that sports activities are safe and FUN!!
You can find a PDF version of our Sports Coach/Leader Leaflet on Safeguarding Children below.