- It is part of your legal duty of care. Government guidance ‘Working together 2018’ states that everyone who works with children has a duty of care towards them. This includes having child protection policies and procedures.
- It is Best for children. Children have a right to participate in sport in a safe and fun environment. Adults must create an environment that prioritises the interests of young participants.
- It helps to make your club ‘fit for purpose’. Organisations that fail to address safeguarding effectively are not fit for purpose. They are open to criticism, reputational damage and potential legal action for negligence.
- It can prevent safeguarding incidents occurring. Effective safeguarding practices reduce the chance of having to deal with serious child protection concerns. For example, robust recruitment processes help to prevent people who could harm children from holding responsible positions.
- It promotes the growth of your sport. Activities where children and parents feel safe and where adults demonstrate high standards of behaviour and respect are more likely to grow and retain their members.
- It is best for coaches. Coaches need to be properly trained and informed about how to work with children in a safe and appropriate way. Adopting sound procedures will help protect them from false allegations.
- It reassures parents. Parents want their children to participate in activities in a safe fun environment. They are increasingly well-informed about what safeguarding measures should be in place.
- It helps you meet insurance requirements. Insurance companies are increasingly concerned with the extent to which organisations are meeting their safeguarding responsibilities. Organisations failing to do so may have problems in getting insurance or may not be protected should a serious incident arise.
- It helps secure sponsorship and funding. Funders and sponsors do not want their reputation linked to organisations that cannot demonstrate how they meet their duty of care to children.
- It is the right thing to do! Failing to implement good standards of safeguarding and child protection is not an option for anyone delivering activities to children.
If you are in the business of being responsible for other people’s children, it is right that you take your duty of care to those children seriously.
Complied by Kent Sport based on information provided by the NSPCC Child protection in Sport Unit. Reproduced with their kind permission.