Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Young People in Sport
Welcome to the Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People Resource Section.
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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.
Children and Young People Lead Safeguarding Officer: James Craggs | email@example.com | 07725654781
Children and Young People Deputy Safeguarding Officer: Chelsea Piggott | firstname.lastname@example.org | 07548 226 485
Guides and Resources
Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport 2022 Toolkit (PDF, 423 Kb)
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Duty of Care - Guidance on what duty of care entails and steps that can be taken to demonstrate its being met.
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.
CPSU Resource Library- Further best practice for safeguarding children can be found in the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Resource Library
Safe Recruitment- A useful document explaining the importance of DBS checks when working with children.
Online Safety and Social network- A useful resource explaining how to stay safe online.
Youth Insight- A helpful case study and resource explaining the importance of youth insight in sport.
If you have any feedback on these leaflets or further questions relating to Safeguarding in Sport please contact James Craggs on 07725654781 or e-mail email@example.com.
Safeguarding Courses and Workshops
GBA regularly organises a range of Safeguarding courses for large clubs or groups.
If you would like to register an interest in future Safeguarding & Protecting Children courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Other training available:
Children Protection in Sport unit have free online learning about how to protect your child in sport.
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.
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.
Code of Conduct Templates
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 and our policies please click below.