A great summer means a variety of great sports events. It's important to ensure that any sports event is safe for children and young people to enjoy.
Are you planning a sporting event or activity with children and young people? Have you considered what safeguarding measures need to be in place? We have some tools that may help.
We've developed the following tools to support sports clubs and organisations with their safeguarding policies and procedures:
- Online Self-Assessment Tool – a tool to help you assess if your organisation is doing everything it can to safeguard children and young people in your sport
- Safe Sport Event Management Tool – a tool to help you ensure you meet the safeguarding responsibilities for your event, whether it's at an informal or national level
There's more to creating a safe environment for children than preventing abuse. The CPSU supports the development of good athlete wellbeing practices and has a bank of resources with a specific focus on the welfare of young athletes:
- Promoting good mental health and wellbeing – a briefing outlining the significant role that sport plays in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing
- Safeguarding the elite young athlete – a briefing to assist governing bodies, coaches and parents to consider the impact and pressure being placed on young elite athletes and what is acceptable practice within their sport
- Straight from the horse’s mouth – we filmed a number of School Games athlete mentors to hear about their experiences of being involved in sport
- Safeguarding the child athlete in sport – a review, a framework and recommendations for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) youth athlete development model
Inclusion of deaf and disabled athletes
With increased numbers of deaf and disabled children already enjoying taking part in sport, sports organisations need to ensure they are working to safeguard them.
We arranged for a group of disabled young people to meet with GB wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan and videoed their discussions on the challenges they've faced when trying to get involved in sport. They also gave advice for sports organisations on how to break down barriers and include disabled young athletes.
Visit our safeguarding deaf and disabled children topic page for information, advice and a wealth of resources to help sports organisations ensure sport is safe and accessible for deaf and disabled young people.
Safe sporting events for schools
The NSPCC has developed a briefing for schools, outlining key considerations when hosting a sports event. The guidance includes advice on:
- hosting a sports event
- visiting other premises
- using external sports coaches and volunteers
- community and club use of the school sports facilities