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Safeguarding advice for sign-posters

If you’re looking to encourage children and young people to get physically active or looking to bring in a provider of a specific sport or activity, then it's essential that you undertake appropriate safeguarding checks on the provider.

Even if a club is accredited, you should check the organisation has:

  • A safeguarding policy, with a clear procedure for dealing with concerns or risks of abuse. You should be advised how you can access the policy
  • A named and contactable welfare officer responsible for the implementation of their safeguarding policy and issues regarding the protection of children or young people
  • Procedures for dealing with complaints or concerns regarding poor practice, abuse or neglect
  • Written standards of good practice, such as a code of conduct or behaviour
  • A parental consent and emergency details form that you must return to the club
  • Safe recruitment procedures for those working with young people that include: a clear job description, appropriate references, criminal records checks (e.g. DBS) for relevant posts and technical qualifications
  • Access to appropriate safeguarding or child protection training for its staff and volunteers.

For more information, visit the 'what to look for in a sports club' section of the Child Protection in Sport Unit website. 

Remember, a well-run club or activity provider will welcome questions about their activities and policies. They'll know they have a responsibility to give this kind of information to anyone who leaves a child in their care.

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No one involved in sport and physical activity, whether they’re a volunteer, participant, spectator or an elite athlete, should ever have to worry about abuse or harassment.

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