Parents in sport
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 and 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 certified Safeguarding and First Aid qualifications?
- Have you checked and challenged this person?
For a more comprehensive guide please view the CPSU’s information for parents.
A parent, teacher, Club Welfare/Child Protection Officer in your club, a school counsellor or nurse are all people you could turn to.
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
Positive sport parents
We know that parents feel a lot of pride and protection over their children in sport and at times, can become emotionally involved. We do not dispute that parents only want the very best for their child, but we feel it is important to go through the true and proper Code of Conduct as provided by the CPSU.
Parents can help young people and play a big role in children achieving the best of their ability. Most of these include listening and talking to your child and understand why they play the sports they do.
- Positively reinforce your child, show an interest in their chosen activity
- Not place your child under pressure
- Not expect your child to like the sports you like. They should be free to choose the sport they want to play.
- Complete and return the registration, medical and consent forms pertaining to your child’s participation
Parents have the right to:
- Be assured that your child is safeguarded during their participation in sport
- Be informed of problems or concerns relating to your children
- Be informed if your child is injured
- Have your consent sought for issue such as trips or photography
‘Its our game, not yours’
The CPSU have developed a toolkit called ‘It’s our game, not yours’ which focuses around promoting positive parental behaviour in sport by using videos, research from children, presentations and many more useful resources that are available for all to use.