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Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport

September 7, 2022

Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week, 3 – 9 October 2022

#SafeInSport

Everyone can play their part in keeping children safe, including in sport settings. That’s why Active Cumbria are proud to support the NSPCC’s, Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week. We’re helping parents and carers know what to look out for at their child’s sport club and empower them to feel confident to raise any concerns.

Parents play a huge role in their child’s confidence, enjoyment and performance in sport. And it’s key that you feel empowered and equipped with the right advice to help you keep your child safe from abuse in sport.

The NSPCC are here to help you know what steps you can take to keep your child safe in their sports club or group. They have a range of advice, resources and even parent elearning training to help you know what to look out for and how to respond should a concern ever arise.

Play your part in keeping your child safe in sport by accessing the NSPCC’s selection of sport advice and resources online here 

Next steps, here are 3 things parents can do this Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week:

  1. Access the FREE CPSU parent elearning course here.  The CPSU have designed this course to help you understand your role in keeping children safe in sport and to let you know who to turn to if you have any worries. The course is free to take and is suitable for any parent of a child who takes part in sport, regardless of your level of safeguarding knowledge. It should take you around 10 minutes to complete.
  2. Check out free advice and resources on-line.  Visit the CPSU website which has a dedicated parents’ hub created to sign-post parents to all the advice you need to keep your child safe in sport, from choosing safe clubs and activities, to supporting your child in a positive way.  You can also visit the dedicated safeguarding for parents pages of our website here
  3. Watch this video with advice from the NSPCC on how to keep your child safe on social media

Next steps: here are some simple actions that clubs can do this Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week:

  • Share the NSPCC FREE parent eLearning course with parents.  The CPSU have designed this course to help parents understand their role in keeping children safe in sport and to let them know who to turn to if you have any worries.  Why not share the link in your WhatsApp groups and on your social media pages.
  • Watch this video from the NSPCC with tips for how to involve parents meaningfully, and the positive impact parental involvement can have on a club. 
  • Share the Speaking out in Sport animation with parents. This short animation from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) can help parents understand their role in safeguarding children in sport and the kinds of support available to parents if they need to speak out about any worries they might have about their child in sport.  Watch below.  And share this link with parents via your WhatsApp groups and social media pages   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogXvILLuPxk
  • From 3 October - Share this post on your social media platforms: Our club and the @NSPCC want to help you keep your child safe in sport. The NSPCC’s advice is there for parents to know what to look out for and how to raise a concern about their child’s safety in sport settings. http://bit.ly/3bHeELp  #safeinsport 

The Child Protection in Sport Unit website has a range of resources to support parents and clubs to keep children safe in sport.  

And clubs can find a range of support and resources on the dedicated safeguarding pages of our website here