Make sure your policies and procedures are correct.
Our role in safeguarding
As primarily a strategic organisation, Active Notts needs to work with organisations across the county and people that deliver sport on the ground to make sure our good intentions have an impact on the quality of the experience of the child.
Where we are involved in delivery, for example Level 3 School Games, we need to ensure that we lead by example.
The ways that we will do this are outlined in the Active Notts safeguarding policy, which includes minimum operating standards for partners receiving delivery funding through us.
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
A child with a concern will confide in the person they feel comfortable with, irrespective of the role or responsibility of that person and what it says in a safeguarding policy or procedure.
The person who either hears information directly from a child or overhears or sees something that causes concern, needs to pass that information on to an appropriate person to follow up. They need to know how to do this, and who to tell.
We work in a complicated world. A number of organisations are often involved in making a project happen. A young person could be going along to a satelllite project delivered in a school hall, by a local club or freelance coach, commissioned by a local authority, commissioned by Active Notts, with funding from Sport England.
If the coach is told something by the child or spots something that causes her concern, she needs to know who to tell, what procedures to follow. Even if these are clearly defined, in the stress of the situation the coach may ring a different partner, who will need to know how to respond.
The Child Protection in Sport Unit has produced a number of useful documents to help organisations delivering sport:
- Assess their policies and processes against a good practice standard. View a copy of the standard and the self-assessment tool.
- Clarify responsibilities in partnership projects e.g. which organisation's safeguarding policy applies. A copy of a check list of things to be considered in partnership projects can be found here.
- Plan events safely. Use the Safe Sports Events document and management tool and supplementary checklists for Level 2 and Level 3 school games can also be downloaded.
Be aware of safeguarding responsibilities.
There are currently no formal qualifications specifically for safeguarding children in sport. However a number of organisations have developed courses to help you and your team keep children safe.
You can find more information on the CPSU website. As well as courses and publications the CPSU also run free webinairs.
Sports Coach UK has other resources to use.
If you think a child is in immediate danger of abuse, contact the police on 999.
If there is no immediate danger and you are unsure of who to speak to, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 for immediate advice. This is a 24 hours helpline. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org