Playing or taking part in sport should be a fun and enjoyable experience that participants look forward to. However, unfortunately, sometimes accidents do happen.
Discover how you can minimise risks at your sports club with our safeguarding in sport overview below.
Run DBS Checks on All Volunteers and Staff
Anyone who works with young people or vulnerable adults, whether paid or not, should be vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service. These checks ensure unsuitable people do not gain access to vulnerable groups and maintain safeguarding standards.
These DBS checks should be included as part of the recruitment process, and anyone who will spend time with these groups unsupervised should have the most advanced, enhanced screening. Although in-depth, these are reasonably cheap to carry out and can be applied for online.
Risk Assess the Club Premises
A risk management procedure is an essential part of safeguarding. Running this kind of check will identify and control any risks to ensure safety and security during each club session. A procedure will also outline who is responsible for managing these risks, when equipment should be replaced in order to meet safety standards, as well as ensure everything used is suitable to the size and ability of the club’s members.
A risk assessment in not a one-off, make sure to run one regularly to maintain your club’s high standards.
Ensure All Members Sign a Medical Form
It may seem like a formality, but having members (or parents of attendees, if they’re children) fill out a medical consent form before taking part can be a lifesaver.
These forms should ask for emergency contact information, personal and contact details, consent, and any relevant medical information such as injuries, allergies or conditions. Knowing this information can help prevent further injury or agitation of medical conditions, as well as letting you know who to call if something unfortunate does occur.
Put an Emergency Plan in Place
We hope an emergency never happens at your club, however it is important to have a plan in place just in case one does occur, as every club has a duty of care to its members and staff. This procedure should outline:
- Who is qualified in first aid and therefore should be called upon if there is an accident or injury.
- Where medical consent forms are kept, and when to reach out to emergency contacts i.e. parents.
- Where a first aid kit is kept so it is accessible.
- How emergencies are reported, and changes should be made to avoid future occurrences.
Learn More About Safeguarding in Sport
The above is a handy overview of assessing risk in sport and setting processes in place, however we’re happy to provide more in-depth guidance to you and your club. Get in touch to learn more about safeguarding in sport.