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:
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.
Further information: Safeguarding Guidance for Parents
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.
The CPSU has developed a resource for safeguarding deaf and disabled children in sport. This resource can be downloaded by clicking here
Further information: Safeguarding Guidance for Sport Coaches
This guide 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.
Further information: Guidance for Young People
Organisations have a duty of care to the people who they work with.
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).
- Social Media Guidelines
- Safe from Bullying - Youth Activities
- Cyberbullying - Support for school staff
- Safe from Bullying - Play Leisure
Useful Resources: Below are two examples of good practice, the Amateur Boxing Association of England's Complaint's Policy and English Lacrosse's Bill of Rights for Young People.
More useful resource 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.
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 our Safeguarding Statement, along with guidance about how to share sensitive information.
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 vulnerable adult, you should immediately contact the police or the relevant children’s services department (see below):
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.