Safeguarding Children & Young People

Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Young People in Sport

Welcome to the Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People Resource Section.

Safeguarding during COVID-19

Be Brave, Speak Up

A new film has been made to help support people and families facing domestic abuse, neglect and violence during the coronavirus lockdown.

The film, 'Be Brave, Speak Up', comes amid concerns that referrals into many services that support vulnerable families have dwindled since the lockdown, whilst others like Domestic Abuse services have seen a rise, as couples and families are forced together for very long periods of time either self isolating or staying at home to stop the spread of the virus. This is exacerbated by the fact that many of the agencies and staff trained to spot cases of abuse are operating differently during the lock down, and are not having their usual close contact with vulnerable people. This includes schools, day care centres, children's centres.

The video features Liz Stead, Head of Safeguarding Children at Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It's been made in partnership with the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership.

The key message is to urge neighbours, friends and other people within communities to keep an eye and an ear out for possible cases of abuse. And if they're not sure if what they've seen or heard is abuse, then to err on the side of caution and report it.

These are the links to the 'Be Brave, speak up' film:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BWSafeguardingChildrenPartnership/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BWSCP1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
You tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwSD4pY-Cok&t=1s

Covid Related Resources

Get Berkshire Active is committed to working in partnership with organisations delivering sport and physical activity within the County, to promote and deliver best practice when working with children, young people and adults. All children and adults are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in sport and physical activity in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment. GBA and its partners have a duty of care to safeguard all children and adults involved in sport and physical activity from harm. All children, adults and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. GBA recognises that it is not appropriate to operate combined policies regarding the safeguarding of children and of adults, due to the vast differences in legal and statutory requirements. Therefore, the information on this page only applies to the safeguarding of children and young people.

Please see our Safeguarding Adults page for information relating to adults.

Guides and Resources

Following the COVID-19 pandemic GBA have released a document outlining top tips for delivering SUPER Online sessions. This document was reproduced with kind permission from Kent Sport.

Duty of Care - Guidance on what duty of care entails and steps that can be taken to demonstrate its being met.

A Guide for Deaf and Disabled Children and Young People - Includes resources to help you in putting extra measures to safeguard vulnerable children with higher needs.

A Guide for Talented/ Elite Athletes- This guide looks at the physical and emotional impact on talented/ elite athletes and signs of an unhealthy athlete-coach relationship.

A Guide to LGBT- A great resource with information on how to support lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender young people in sport.

A Guide to Anti-Bullying- Here is a link to a variety of resources to combat bullying, whether this occurs within sport or off the playing field.

A Guide to Online Safety- These forms of digital media and communication can provide great benefits. However, they can also pose potential safeguarding risks to children and young people.

A Guide to Photography- This guidance will help you ensure you're taking all necessary steps to protect children and young people from the inappropriate use of their images in resources and media publications, on the internet and elsewhere.

A Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviour- click here for practical guidelines for managing challenging behaviour from children and young people.

A Guide to Safe Sports Events, Activities and Competitions- A comprehensive review on how to keep volunteers, officials and coaches safe as well as the players participating. This includes children and young people representing their local club, school, county and county events.

A Guide to Away Trips and Hosting- This briefing highlights things that should be considered when taking children and young people away on trips – such as travel, ratios and insurance – and also best safeguarding practice for when acting as a host family.

Safeguarding Code for Martial Arts- The Safeguarding Code has been developed through close consultation between Sport England, representatives from martial arts governing bodies and those with years of expertise in safeguarding. Support was also provided by the Child Protection in Sport Unit, the Ann Craft Trust and NWG Network.

Annual Survey 2018/2019 Diversity in Sport Governance

Further best practice for safeguarding children can be found in the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Resource Library

CPSU Resource Library

If you have any feedback on these leaflets or further questions relating to Safeguarding in Sport please contact James Craggs on 01628 472851 or e-mail james.craggs@getberkshireactive.org.

Safeguarding Courses and Workshops

To view our upcoming Safeguarding courses and book a space please click here . Safeguarding courses run regularly throughout the year.

Tools and Templates

The safeguarding and protection of children and young people is of up-most importance for sports clubs who cater for these participants. There is a wide range of support, tools and templates on offer which sports clubs and community organisations can use to review and develop minimum standards for the safeguarding and protection of club members.

Get Berkshire Active are committed to ensuring all our programmes are operated in a safe manner, with safeguarding embedded throughout the organisation. To view our staff structure including those with a lead on safeguarding please click below.

This section includes:

Code of Conduct Templates

It is important that your clubs use codes of conduct for each of these audiences. This will help to promote positive behaviour and manage poor behaviour in your sport. You can use these templates, produces by The CPSU to tailor a code of conduct for your club.

Sample Code of Conduct for Parents and Carers

Sample Code of Conduct for Children and Young People

Sample Code of Conduct for Staff and Volunteers

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