Every child and young person has the right to have fun, be safe and free from harm when playing sport. It is essential that sports coaches and leaders adopt good practice when dealing with children and ensure that their safety is paramount.

What is ‘good practice’ in dealing with children and young people?

Good practice guidelines are available from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU). Clubs and organisations that you are coaching for should have a Safeguarding or Child Protection Policy in place and require you to adhere to this. Organisations that do not have a policy in place can get advice from their National Governing Body, team BEDS&LUTON or the CPSU. A sample Child Protection Policy is available to download on the CPSU website. Also available on the CPSU website are a series of video clips designed to provide advice and guidance about how to respond to a range of safeguarding and child protection situations that commonly arise in sports settings.

Where can I get training on Safeguarding?

It is recommended that all coaches receive some training in this area; the standard course for coaches is the 3 hour sports coach UK accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport workshop. For coaches wanting to refresh or update their knowledge, a second course, Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2: Reflecting on Practice is available. Coaches are required to refresh their safeguarding qualification every three years.

For more information on these courses see our Generic Club & Coach Courses page.

Where should I go to report a safeguarding concern?

  • Your sports NGB should have a Welfare / Child Protection Lead officer who can offer support and advice. Please see your NGB website for further information. It may even be the case that your club has a Child Protection officer - check the club noticeboard for any information.
  • Contact the free NSPCC 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000.
  • The Child Protection in Sport Unit website has a wealth of resources and information on safeguarding for clubs and coaches, including a help and advice section which gives more detailed information for what to do under these circumstances.

If you want advice or have any questions about keeping children safe in sport, then please contact Mark Stokes on 01582 813765 or e-mail mark@teambedsandluton.co.uk. team BEDS&LUTON can advise you on policies, what action to take if you have a concern, CRB checks, steps your club can take to safeguard children and young people and the use of photos.

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