Key Messages for Participants
The Herts Sports Partnership strives for all children and adults to feel safe, secure and happy whilst in their chosen sporting environment. When you go to join a sports club, take part in taster or drop-in session each and every individual has the right to have fun and be safe. No one should spoil this for you.
However, if you ever feel that you are not having fun, you don’t feel happy, or you do not feel safe, then you should look to speak to someone about it. This could be your Club Welfare Officer, a school councillor, a nurse, or a person who you trust. These are all people who you could talk to. Each person will listen, so don’t feel like your voice won’t be heard.
If you feel you are being bullied by your teammates, classmates or even your coach it is important to tell an individual who you trust. Your sports club or school should have their own anti-bullying policy which will explain their position on the no-tolerance of bullying in their club.
Code of Conduct
Sometimes your clubs and coaches will ask you to sign up to a Code of Conduct. The reason they do this is to make sure that everyone agrees to behave in the correct way, meaning everybody can enjoy sport without any issues or concerns. Below is a template of a Code of Conduct for children and you may be asked to complete something looking like this.
Contacts for child cases
Child Line: 0800 1111 – Free and confidential helpline for young people. It is confidential because you don’t need to tell them who you are if you don’t want to.
Children’s Services: 0300 123 4043 (Including Out of Hours)
Police (CAIU): 0843 33 00 222 (or in an emergency call 999)
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Contacts for adult cases
Adult Social Care: 0300 123 4042 (24 hours a day)
Ann Craft Trust: 0808 800 5000
Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 8088141 (UK Helpline)
Immediately report the matter to the designated Safeguarding Lead, or the deputy in your club.
Alternatively see our ‘Reporting a Concern‘ page.