Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Across the UK a wide range of children are involved in a wide range of sports activities from community participation to national and international level. However, research suggest that 58,000 children are at risk of abuse. Young people are normally abused by people they know or trust from inside or outside their family and can be both adults or other young people. Within sport and physical activity, we have a responsibility to safeguard these young people from potential abuse.  This can be done in a variety of ways, such as ensuring that a clear safeguarding policy is in place, that volunteers have had DBS checks and that everyone has sufficient training on how to spot the signs of abuse.

It is important that this is an area that people talk about, and are aware of among other things that are being prioritised within the clubs environment, this is often an area that goes unspoken about, due to the taboos that exist but it is important for us to break these down and provide knowledge and training to ensure that the issues are identified and dealt with as and when they arise.

Local Resources

Local Authority Support

Your local sports development local authority team may be able to help you with advice in and around some of these areas, here is the standard advice:

> Speak to your clubs safeguarding officer if appropriate

> Report/speak to your NGB safeguarding officer if appropriate

> Contact your local authorities adult safeguarding team

> Contact your local authorities children’s safeguarding team

> Contact your local authorities children’s social care team

> If there is an immediate concern which requires urgent response, contact the police to report the incident

Potentially refer to safeguarding officers for further advice

Local Support

Warwick District

Number: 01926 456221

Email Address: Manoj.Sonecha@warwickdc.gov.uk

Website: www.warwickdc.gov.uk

Rugby Borough

Tom Allen (Sports Development Officer) – tom.allen@rugby.gov.uk / 01788 533711

Website – www.rugby.gov.uk

Facebook – Rugby Sport and Leisure

Twitter – @RBCsportandrec

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough

Email: info@getactiveforlife.co.uk

Website: www.getactiveforlife.co.uk

Facebook: Get Active for Life

Twitter: @activeforlifenb

Instagram: @activeforlifenb

Coventry

Email Address: Jonathan.hunt@coventry.gov.uk

Twitter – @covsport

Solihull

Phone: 0121 704 8079

Email: sadiewalker@solihull.gov.uk

Website: www.solihullactive.co.uk

North Warwickshire Borough