In sport, there are times when people may not act in appropriate ways. Situations may arise where the following may occur:
What you should do
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: email@example.com
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.