Lets Talk About Keeping Children Safe in Sport

September 28, 2020

Parents in Sport Week 2020 takes place 5 – 11 October. Run by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), Parents in Sport Week aims to highlight the important role parents play in youth sport, from helping to keep children safe, to encouraging them to take part and achieve.

As part of the campaign, the CPSU are asking sports parents to make the Sports Parents Promise – a 3-point pledge to their children to listen to them about their concerns, check clubs are safe to enjoy, and encourage their children to take part in a positive way.

They hope this will help parents to understand how their contribution to their child’s sport makes it a safer place for all children.

You can help support the CPSU and Parents in Sport Week by making the Sports Parents Promise on their website, where you can also find a wealth of helpful information about being a great sports parent and working with parents in sport.

You can also support and follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #ParentsinSportWeek2020.

Keeping Kids Safe Online

The NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit carried out a survey with sports parents, and parents said one of their main worries about sport during the Covid-19 pandemic was how to keep children safe while communicating with clubs and coaches online.

The NSPCC and O2 are offering free 30 minute webinars for groups of parents, grandparents and carers, making it easy for you to keep your family safe online. Webinars are delivered by experienced NSPCC staff. Topics covered include: why children enjoy using the internet and how it can help them, as well as the risks.

As part of Parents in Sport Week 2020, we’re encouraging clubs to get in touch with the NSPCC/O2 Online Safety Partnership and arrange an online workshop for parents in their sport.

If you’re a National Governing Body or club set up a workshop for NSPCC/O2 parents online safety webinar by emailing parentworkshops@nspcc.org.uk