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Enhancing parental involvement in youth sport – recommendations for coaches

Topics: Duty of care Parents in sport Athlete wellbeing Type: Best practice

Parents play a vital role in youth sport. This guidance aims to help coaches understand, support and educate parents, thereby enhancing parental involvement.

Improving parent–coach relationships – strategies for coaches

Topics: Duty of care Trips, events and travel Parents in sport Type: Best practice

This guidance provides coaches with helpful strategies to follow to improve and manage potential issues between coaches and parents and build a good relationship.

Negotiating the post-game conversation

Topics: Duty of care Athlete wellbeing Type: Best practice

Competitions can be emotional for children, parents and coaches, so ensuring that feedback is well-timed and delivered appropriately is very important. 

Optimising parental involvement in sport

Topics: Parents in sport Duty of care Type: Best practice

Useful guidance for parents that provides tips for how to support and encourage their child/children positively when participating in sport.

Adult-child physical contact in sport

Topics: Duty of care Inappropriate or concerning behaviour Type: Video & audio

Dr Melanie Lang (Edge Hill University) has produced a video presentation for sports coach UK on challenging coach anxiety of adult-child touch in sport through a children's rights approach.

Reporting of safeguarding concerns at sports events

Topics: Trips, events and travel Duty of care Community and school sports Type: Forms

These reporting-procedure flowcharts offer guidance to organisations hosting sporting events at 5 different levels, from local to international.

Child development report: Safeguarding children within sport and leisure facilities

Topics: Duty of care Research Type: Research

The CPSU commissioned a report in February 2015, 'Summary of child development ages 8-11 years for the purposes of safeguarding children in sport and leisure facilities' from Dr Vicky Lovett from Swansea University.

Sample accessible player registration form

Topics: Duty of care Type: Forms

Sample form for sports organisations. A good-practice example developed by the Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Serivce, Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust.

Involving young people in mixed-aged sport or activity

Topics: Involving young people in mixed-age activities Type: Best practice

This briefing recommends best safeguarding practice for sports organisations that involve participants from mixed age groups.

Safeguarding Youth Sport – booklet

Topics: Elite athletes Athlete wellbeing Type: Publications

This booklet marks the end of the European project Safeguarding Youth Sport (SYS), managed by the International Centre for Ethics in Sport in close collaboration with 10 partners from 8 EU member states.