Safeguarding & Protecting Children
All children have the right to be safe. We believe that safeguarding is of vital importance and is a necessity within any club or organisation. Safeguarding children in sport is essential for a safe, enjoyable and positive experience. By having measures in place, it can encourage children to choose to remain involved in sport throughout their lives.
If you feel there is a potential issue regarding the safety and protection of children in sport please refer to our reporting a concern page.
Please visit our courses and workshops page for a list of our upcoming Safeguarding and First Aid workshops.
Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
The Child Protection in Sport Unit is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. In Scotland there is a similar partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland.
The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), Active Partnerships and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities. This followed a series of high profile cases of abuse of young athletes by those in positions of trust such as coaches in the sports. The CPSU works to help achieve the NSPCC mission to end child abuse.
Talented and elite young athletes
Talented and elite young athletes carry a lot of expectation when they go to play sport; not only from their peers but perhaps more influentially from their NGBs, coaches and parents. The CPSU has designed the following document to assist these groups and consider what impact they are having on the athlete.
Deaf and disabled young people
We encourage the participation of deaf and disabled young people in sport, either as participants or volunteers. We understand that sport can be challenging and wish to ease possible fears and increase participation levels. However, we do understand that the needs may be different and we want to ensure that we work hard to safeguard them.
We aim to make active lives possible with a vision that deaf and disabled people are active for life.
Making sport more accessible
Sport and activity providers have a responsibility to ensure that they take steps to include and safeguard young disabled people. Staff and volunteers need to be trained to understand the importance of including disabled young people in sport and appreciate their additional vulnerabilities and understand the need to safeguard them.
LGBT+ young people and sport
Many young lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people experience challenging times when they reveal their sexual orientation or identity, but there is support available. It is important that children get the right support during what can be a very difficult time in their life, and have opportunities to talk about their issues. The level of understanding from parents, carers, family members, coaches and peers is vital.
Despite some of the potential challenges it can be a very exciting stage in their lives, although a large number don’t speak about it until they are older. The window of time between first questioning their identity and starting to accept it can lead to young people suffering from lower self-esteem, depression or feeling a sense of isolation, and this is an area which should be safeguarded correctly.
The CPSU has information on how we can help to safeguard LGBT individuals.
Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP)
The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has been set up so that all agencies and organisations who work with children and young people work together to keep children safe.