New Standards launched to protect Scottish children in sport

Last updated: 08 Dec 2017 Topics: Working with our partners Safeguarding children Type: News article

The safety and wellbeing of children playing sport in Scotland is being further strengthened with the introduction of a new approach.

The new Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport, developed by sportscotland and Children 1st who aim to enable sports organisations to adopt best practice, values and behaviour in this critical area for children.

They build on the current safeguarding system to help create a culture in sport that promotes, supports and safeguards children’s wellbeing. The new Standards also see a strengthening of the existing Minimum Operating Requirements (MORs).

Developing the Standards

The Scottish sport sector has been examining ways to further improve child protection and enhance children’s wellbeing for a considerable period of time. In July 2016 sportscotland and Children 1st, began a pilot scheme on the development of the new standards with 10 Scottish governing bodies of sport (SGBs).

A later round-table discussion to develop the Standards, was hosted in March 2017 by the Minister for Public Health and Sport and included members of Scottish Government, Disclosure Scotland, the Police, many of the SGBs, and third-sector organisations who helped to influence change.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, said:

"Children’s safety and the wellbeing of children is a top priority, and we all have a duty to protect them and raise concerns when necessary.

"I’m delighted with the introduction of the new child protection in sport standards and welcome the new approach from sportscotland which is rights-based and child-centred. I look forward to working closely with sportscotland and other partners as the new standards are implemented to further strengthen our child protection system in sport.”