This section sets out some of the ways your organisation can work to ensure that the children and young people who access your activities are safe and any concerns are responded to appropriately.
What does safeguarding children and young people mean?
It refers to the actions an organisation takes to promote their welfare and protect them from harm.
It's important for organisations to provide a safe environment in which to participate in sport, be active and provide a positive experience.
All organisations must have processes in place to prevent children and young people experiencing harm or abuse.
Why does your organisation need to do it?
If you organise or deliver activities for children or young people, your organisation has both a legal and moral duty to care for them.
This duty is set out in government legislation and is outlined within Working Together to Safeguard Children (2023).
Every organisation that works with children and young people has a duty to protect them against harm and abuse and must have arrangements in place to safeguard them.
What are the different types of abuse?
The four main categories of abuse that may harm a child or young person are physical, sexual, emotional and neglect.
However, policy in England also refers to other types of abuse including bullying, grooming and child sexual exploitation and poor practice (the behaviour of an individual in a position of trust that falls below the organisation’s required standard).
For more information on each of these forms of abuse or mistreatment click here, while further details on other types of abuse are also provided by the NSPCC.
Children and young people who experience abuse often find it difficult to speak out about it, so it is important that those who regularly work or interact with them are able to recognise the signs and understand the different types of abuse.
It's not the responsibility of a volunteer, coach or member of staff to investigate concerns, but it is their responsibility to report them to the appropriate person (e.g. Welfare Officer or Safeguarding Lead).