What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and to protect them from harm. It is important that sports clubs and organisations provide a safe and positive experience and that means you need to have certain procedures in place.
What do you need to do?
- Firstly, contact your National Governing Body of Sport or Local Authority sport development team to see what support they offer around safeguarding children and adults at risk. Check with your governing body before undertaking any safeguarding training as some governing bodies only recognize their own.
- Check out this handy framework for safeguarding and protecting children in and through sport in Wales put together by NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit. The framework will help you to identify what you need to put in place to protect children and minimise avoidable risks. Read it thoroughly and refer carefully to each of the 5 requirements:
- Education and Training
- Implementing and Monitoring
- You need a child protection policy in place. Take a look at our template policy documents to get you started.
- You should also agree a protection policy that focuses on adults at risk. Take a look at the guidance here.
- Appoint a Club Welfare Officer to support the club to achieve the 5 requirements above – you can find out what this role entails in our job description.
- Make sure you help keep children, young people and adults at risk safe online. You can find out more about how to do this in 'Stay Safe Online'.
Can we get some training?
Safeguarding is a serious issue so we know it can be an intimidating piece of work. However, there are simple guidelines to follow and people on hand to help you. To get started, why don’t you enrol on a training course? You can find a list of courses here. You can even apply for the cost to be covered via one of our Community Chest grants!
There is lots more information on safeguarding children available at the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit website. If you need guidance on safeguarding vulnerable adults at risk, you can find it on the Social Services Improvement Agency website.