Safeguarding Children in Sport

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chris scott
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Posted on 8 August 2011 at 11:43
CAAN has been working closely with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) to provide information for its stakeholders on the safeguarding of children in sport.

CAAN Safeguarding Statement:

Staff and volunteers in CAAN are committed to practice that promotes the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and protects them from harm. We aim to create a culture where children and vulnerable adults are valued, their right to be safe is respected and where we strive to minimise the risk of harm.

What Organisations/activity provider’s should do:

Every-day many young people participate in outdoor activities which make a significant contribution to their health and well being and development. All activity providers/ organisations have a duty to safeguard children from harm or abuse within their setting. They also have a role in recognising and responding to concerns that a child may be being harmed within another setting, such as the family home or school.

By encouraging all activity providers/organisations to implement safeguarding procedures, CAAN believes that everyone involved in outdoor activities will benefit – children, parents/guardians, leaders and activity provider/organisations.

To assist your organisation in developing a culture where a child or young person can feel safe and a parent / guardian knows that your organisation/activity prioritises the welfare of their child, CAAN would encourage you to complete the self assesment checklist. In addition, we would advise those organisations working in partnership with, or using the facilities of another organisation, to use the Check and Challenge tool to assist in clarifying roles and responsibilities of the partner organisations.

Activity providers /organisations may wish to promote safeguarding messages to parents by distributing Have Fun be Safe leaflets. Hard copies are available from the Child Protection in Sport Unit.

For further information or advice please contact;

Paul Stephenson, Child Protection in Sport Unit, NSPCC, Jennymount Court, North Derby Street, Belfast, BT15 3HN, Tel 028 90 351 135 pstephenson@nspcc.org.uk

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