What to do if you need help

What to do if you need help

In sport, there are times when people may not act in appropriate ways. Situations may arise where the following may occur:

  • Physical abuse - may include being kicked, punched, or another physical action which may cause injury
  • Emotional abuse - name calling, being threatened or taunted, or being subject to unnecessary criticism
  • Sexual abuse - is when you’re touched in a way that you don’t like
  • Neglect - where the correct equipment is not provided or appropriate care is not taken
  • Bullying and discrimination - This can be both physical and emotional (picking on someone because they are different is an example of discrimination).

What you should do

  • Speak to an adult who you trust and tell them what it is you are worried about or what has happened
  • They will support and listen to you, but they may need to take the matter further in order to protect you
  • Make sure you are not alone again with the person who has tried to harm you.
  • You should always tell the truth and the full story
  • You are not the one to blame and telling someone what has happened is the right thing to do
  • Most importantly, do not suffer alone - there are always people to help you.

    If you are a parent or carer and you think that your child or other children may be at risk you need to share your concerns. You may feel reluctant to voice your concerns in case you are wrong or worried about the impact on your child, but if you are concerned you must take action. Speak to the coach or leader in charge of the activity- but if you are not confident that they are the appropriate person, speak to someone in a higher position of authority such as the nominated Child Protection/Welfare Officer of the club your child attends. If you are unhappy about the response you receive, you can contact one of the local or national organisations listed here. They will be able to help and advise you further.

If you have a serious concern about a child at risk of abuse, immediately contact the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline, your local children’s services department (formerly social services) or the Police.

Active Cheshire Child Protection Officer: Tel: 01606 871812 or Email: support@activecheshire.org

ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call to talk about any problem and counsellors are always there to help you sort problems out. ChildLine Number: 0800 11 11

Cheshire Police - If you have concerns you can contact them on 0845 458 0000

NSPCC (National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is the UK’s leading children’s charity, and campaigns for children’s rights and safety as well as lobbying key decision makers who can affect children’s lives.
NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000

Child Protection in Sport Unit is a partnership between the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Sport England, Sport Scotland, Sports Council for Northern Ireland and The Sports Council for Wales. The CPSU’s mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people under 18 in sport and to promote their well-being.