To provide a safe environment and positive experience for all users, it's essential that sport and leisure facility operators implement a range of safeguarding policies and procedures. These should reflect the facility’s structure, operation and use.
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.
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.