Parents in Sport Week

Last updated: 21 Sep 2021

In October each year, we run our Parents in Sport Week campaign. This campaign aims to help parents understand their role in their child's sport.

We know from our work with sports organisations that sport is safest when everyone has a role to play in keeping children safe. 

In previous years, we've used this campaign to reach parents with our information and resources through the sports we work with. We've developed tools on how parents can play an active and supportive role in their child's participation and provided information to help parents understand what the safeguarding requirements of clubs and activities are. 

If you're a parent, you can find all of this information on our parents pages

Even though this year's campaign has come to an end, you can still sign-up to support the campaign and be the first to receive new resources and updates from us on being a great sports parent.

Sign-up to support Parents in Sport Week

Parents in Sport Week 2021

Parents in Sport Week took place from the 4 - 10 October this year. 

In 2020/2021, several investigations into childhood sexual abuse and abuse in sport identified a need for parents to better understand how they can play their part to keep children safe in sport.

That's why our 2021 campaign focused on providing parents with the knowledge they need to spot any concerns in their child's sport and empowering them to feel confident to raise these with safeguarding staff or to seek advice from the NSPCC Helpline. 

New tools for parents launched during Parents in Sport Week

We developed a range of new resources for our 2021 campaign which aimed to fill the gap in parents knowledge. These new resources included:

  • a new animation for parents on what abuse might look like in sport and how to get help
  • a short, interactive e-learning course for parents on how to keep children safe
  • a new look parents' hub on the CPSU website, which parents can use as a one-stop-shop for safeguarding information

How you got involved

Countless organisations, clubs, coaches, volunteers, partners and parents got involved in our 2021 campaign on social media and in the press. 

The campaign was also supported by several high profile athletes and individuals with lived experience, including Steph Houghton, James Milner, Lucy Bronze, Emma Wiggs, Charlie Webster and Paul Stewart. 

Support from these high profile individuals, as well as our partners on social media and support from national and regional press, meant that our new e-learning and animation were accessed thousands of times by parents seeking more information about keeping their child safe in sport. 

Information about Parents in Sport Week and access to our new resources were shared with over 30,000 NSPCC supporters before and during the week too. 

Take a look at 2021's activity and be the first to know when our new campaign launches by following @TheCPSU on Twitter and following #ParentsinSportWeek 

Further information

Working with parents

If you're a sports club or coach looking for guidance on working with and involving parents, take a look at our parents in sport pages.