Through sport every child, young person or vulnerable adult can develop valuable qualities such as confidence, leadership and self-esteem. Each individual therefore has the right to have fun and be safe in sport whether they are playing as part of a local team or school, representing their county or even participating at an elite level.
Northumberland Sport is committed to working with partners to ensure that all children, young people and vulnerable adults in Northumberland have the right to protection from abuse and to be safe in sport without the risk of harm.
Child Protection in Sport Unit
Northumberland Sport works with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit to safeguard children and young people in and through sport. Our Child Protection Policy and Procedures were developed with the support of the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit and our partners locally.
Help and advice
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit have some very useful information on their website;
- Information for children and young people
- Information for parents and carers
- Advice for coaches and volunteers
Reporting a concern
Any concerns about a child where the child could be in immediate danger should be reported to the police immediately by dialling 999.
The following guidance is intended for those concerns that take place in typical local sporting environments.
- In a leisure centre – if your concern relates to something that takes place/took place within a leisure centre you should inform the facility staff in the first instance who will take the appropriate action in accordance with their own child protection policies and procedures.
- At an affiliated Sports Club – if your concern relates to something that takes place/took place within a sports club that is affiliated to a National Governing Body of Sport (NGB) please inform the Club Welfare Officer in the first instance and refer to the specific NGB safeguarding procedures.
- At a non-affiliated Sports Club – if your club or activity isn’t affiliated to any NGB you can seek support from Northumberland Sport or your local Children’s Social Care Team.
When reporting any concerns please ensure you keep a record of your concern and how you reported it.