The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has produced two videos that highlight the importance of respecting young people in sport.  They are great videos for parents, coaches and sports providers to watch and be reminded that children take part in sport to enjoy it and have fun, please watch them below:

For information on useful contacts regarding safeguarding/ child protection or our Tyne & Wear Sport policy & documentation, please follow the links below:

This guide (see below) gives you information about what you can expect from coaches and helpers, and what you should do in order to make the sports you are playing fun and safer.  It also gives you some information on what to do if you are worried or unhappy about anything, and who you can speak to, or where you can go, for advice. 

Guidance for Young People

Organisations have a duty of care to the people who they work with. Further information about an organisation’s duty of care is available in guidance produced by the CPSU, available here.

In this section we've listed below, some useful documentation on good practice in sport as well as further guidance about safeguarding issues.

CPSU Check and Challenge: The check and challenge resource from the CPSU has been developed to support partners involved in providing sporting activities for children and young people.  Download the document by clicking here: CPSU Check and Challenge

Being Safer Online: The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has published some guidance documents on anti-bullying, including information for school staff on cyberbullying, which can be downloaded below. The CPSU has also produced guidance about the use of social media (see below).

Useful Resources: Below are examples of good practice, the Amateur Boxing Association of England's Complaint's Policy, English Lacrosse's Bill of Rights for Young People and a sample safeguarding policy statement from the CPSU.

More useful resources can be found by visiting the Child Protection in Sport Unit's Library.

Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled Children: Deaf and disabled children are particularly vulnerable to abuse.  For guidance on how to recognise and respond to concerns about the welfare of a child please click here.

This section gives guidance for sports coaches, leaders, volunteers and officials about their safeguarding responsibilities, and what constitutes good practice when working with vulnerable groups.  You have a responsibility to consider the safety of every child, young person and adult at risk as a priority, so they can access sport in a safer environment. Please see the guidance, which can be downloaded below.

Safeguarding Guidance for Sport Coaches

The CPSU has developed a resource for safeguarding deaf and disabled children in sport. This resource can be downloaded by clicking here.

The CPSU has also developed some guidance around managing challenging behaviour, which can be viewed by clicking here.

All children, young people and adults at risk have the right to have fun and be safe and free from harm when participating in sport and physical activity.

Tyne & Wear Sport have produced information for parents, guardians and carers. This documentation, which can be downloaded below, will provide details on what constitutes good practice in sport, and some useful tips when choosing activities for children, young people and adults at risk.

Safeguarding Guidance for Parents

TWS Policy and Documentation:

It is vitally important that all organisations involved in the delivery of sport and physical activity have an active child protection policy.  Our Child Protection Policy can be downloaded below.  On this page you will also find guidance about how to share sensitive information.

We are extremely committed to safeguarding children, young people, and adults at risk, and the statement below was signed off by our Board of Trustees in January 2018.

Statement of Commitment

Tyne & Wear Sport is fully committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people, and adults at risk engaged in sport and physical activity locally.  We have achieved the advanced level of the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit's (CPSU) standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport, and are continually working to improve our safeguarding practices.

Tyne & Wear Sport aims to contribute to safeguarding children, young people, and adults at risk by:

  1. Meeting the requirements of the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (CPSU 2002)

  2. Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when employees and others working directly under the auspices of Tyne & Wear Sport are providing services, activities and programmes for children, young people, and adults at risk

  3. Raising awareness of the importance of safeguarding, and supporting those working in sport and physical activity by giving them the knowledge and guidance of what they need to do to safeguard children, young people, and adults at risk, and minimise avoidable risks

  4. Requiring those individuals or organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide any services for children, young people, and adults at risk to effectively address safeguarding requirements

  5. Maximising its influence by promoting effective safeguarding principles and practices to its wide range of partners.

Tyne & Wear Sport’s trustees and employees are fully committed to the principles within this statement.

Signed off by the Board of Trustees in January 2018.

Useful Contacts: This section provides information on who to contact if you have any concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk.

If your concern is regarding something that takes place/took place within a facility e.g. a leisure centre, you should inform the facility in the first instance so that they can follow their own child protection policies and procedures. Many of the facilities in Tyne & Wear follow The Derwent Initiative's Leisure Watch procedures.

If you need to make an allegation or disclosure of abuse, or have serious concerns about the safety of a child, young person or adults at risk, you should immediately contact the police or the relevant children’s services department (see below): 

Gateshead Council
Office Hours: 0191 433 2653
Out of Office Hours: 0191 477 0844

Newcastle City Council
Office Hours: 0191 277 2500
Out of Office Hours: 0191 278 7878 (ask for Emergency Duty Team) 

North Tyneside Council
Office Hours: 0345 200 0109
Out of Office Hours: 0191 200 6800

South Tyneside Council
Office Hours: 0191 456 4473
Out of Office Hours: 0191 456 2093

Sunderland City Council
Office Hours: 0191 520 5560
Out of Office Hours: 0191 520 5552

If you have a concern that is not serious and does not require immediate action, your first point of contact would be the relevant club's/organisation's child protection officer/welfare officer. Alternatively, you may wish to speak to the activity organiser, relevant children's services department or one of the contacts listed below for advice and support. 

Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (free 24 hour service) 

NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
Tel: 0116 366 5590

Tel: 0800 1111 (free 24 hour service) 

National Governing Body Lead Child Protection Officers: please visit the CPSU Website and click on the 'contact your national governing body' tab on the left hand side to find the contact details of the relevant officer.

Tyne & Wear Sport Lead Child Protection Officer (David Marrin)
Tel: 0191 497 2324

Tyne & Wear Sport Deputy Child Protection Officer (Claire Lee)
Tel: 0191 497 2326

If you have a concern related to poor practice, please speak to the relevant activity organiser.