The Department for Education (DfE) has revised statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard children in England.
Working together to safeguard children 2018 follows a government consultation which was launched in October 2017.
The NSPCC has developed a briefing outlining the main changes to the guidance and we have also pulled out some key points for the sports sector.
Key points for sport
Chapter 2: Organisational responsibilities
Point 3 lists arrangements for organisations to have in place, additional reference is made to:
- the requirement for escalation policies for staff to follow when their child safeguarding concerns are not being addressed within their organisation or by other agencies
- a senior board level champion with the required knowledge, skills and expertise
- creating a culture of safeguarding, equality and protection.
Point 63 specifically addresses sports clubs/organisations:
- all should have the arrangements described in this chapter in place and should collaborated to work effectively with the safeguarding partners as required by any local safeguarding arrangements
- paid and volunteer staff need to be aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, how they should respond to concerns and how to make a referral to local authority children's social care or the police, if necessary.
Point 64 reads:
- all national governing bodies of sport, that receive funding from either Sport England or UK Sport, must aim to meet the Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport.