Parents in Sport Week 2019

7th October 2019

We are supporting the NSPCC Parents in Sport Week as research shows over 30% of parents don’t know who to turn to over sports safeguarding concerns.

This annual national campaign looks to increase positive parental involvement in youth sport and, by doing so, improve the experiences of young people across the UK. 

This year’s aim is to get parents to make the Sports Parents Promise to encourage their child’s safe enjoyment of sport.

The Promise outlines what makes a great sports parent. We’re asking parents to sign up and make the promise to their child by the end of Parents in Sport Week 2019. 

Making this promise allows parents to acknowledge the contribution they make to their child’s enjoyment of sport, and allows clubs, coaches and other sports organisations to really get parents on board and take an interest in their child’s sporting life. 

The promise is supported by important and helpful information parents need to help keep their child safe in sport and support them in the best way they can.

The NSPCC’s CPSU website also has detailed guidance on what to look for in a sports club, and questions to ask, including:

  • Are the club’s policies and procedures available for parents to read, including how they deal with concerns over poor practice and abuse?
  • Does the club have a welfare or safeguarding officer as a contact for any concerns?
  • Do they have written standards for good practice, such as a code of conduct?
  • Has the club asked for essential medical and emergency contact information?
  • Has the club asked for parental consent for a child to participate?
  • What has the club done to ensure their staff are safe to work with children?

The NSPCC also offers support and guidance through the helpline, on 0808 800 5000 or on email at help@nspcc.org.uk

For clubs and other activity providers the NSPCC offers support in developing, improving and assessing their safeguarding policies. For more information, sports club staff and volunteers can visit https://thecpsu.org.uk

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