Listening to and engaging with children and young people participating in your club or activity can have positive benefits.
Involving children and young people’s views, experiences and worries can inform, influence and contribute to appropriate decision-making and help to involve and engage young people within your work.
Examples of what organisations are doing to involve children
The Rugby Football League (RFL) ‘Listening Club’ initiative ensures clubs are listening to children and young people that are participating to improve the dialogue between clubs and their young members.
It encourages all rugby clubs to hold regular meetings with children and young people to find out what they enjoy about the club and what they could improve.
The RFL wants all youth and junior clubs to actively engage with their players to promote the idea that children who feel safe within their club will be more likely to report any worries and concerns they may have.
The RFL recommends that club welfare officers (CWOs) lead these groups. They can talk about role of the CWOs, and that they are there to support, build relationships and assure young people that their responses will not be disclosed to others outside the group meeting.
Become a listening club
Young people feedback board
Badminton England's initiative, 'the young people feedback board', gathered feedback from young competitors at their largest residential event. The young people were asked to rate their experience by writing or drawing on the feedback board.
Badminton England developed expression emojis, a marketing banner, emoji postcards and a postbox with their existing Smash Up! imagery. The board was placed in various locations to allow young players time to consider their feedback. The board also encouraged adults to talk to the safeguarding team.
Young people's feedback indicated that they:
- really like the social side of the event and meeting teams from all over the country
- enjoyed the format and a good level of competition; only a couple said that while they liked it they didn’t like the stress of losing
- didn’t like cheats (for example, bad line calls)
If you would like to know more about The young people feedback board initiative and how your club or sport could develop something similar, please contact Emma Gibson at Badminton England.