Sporting Clubs and Organisations

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Safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility.

Warrington Safeguarding Children Board aims to ensure that “Every child and young person in Warrington should be able to grow up safe from maltreatment, neglect, bullying, discrimination and crime –receiving help when they need it in a timely and effective manner” and our vision is “To ensure that every child and young person in Warrington is safe and has the opportunity to reach their potential.”

Sporting clubs and organisations who work with children and young people offer those children and young people fantastic opportunities to learn, develop skills, grow, be healthy and active and have fun. However, the very fact that some sporting clubs and organisations work with children and young people provides opportunities for those persons who want to harm children to work their evil.

Sporting clubs and organisations strive to create a safe environment for children and young people to take part and enjoy playing sport. Parents/cares and the community as a whole expect and demand that sporting clubs and organisations do everything they can to ensure children and young people are kept safe whilst taking part in club / organisational activities.

Warrington Safeguarding Children Board expects sports clubs and organisations to ensure:

  • That your everyday practice is in line with safeguarding procedures
  • You have an up to date safeguarding policy
  • You conduct the correct vetting processes when employing staff and volunteers
  • You have an identified safeguarding lead within your club/organisation, and their knowledge is up to date

It is critical that if a child or young person discloses concerns to you that you know what to do. HM Government has produced non-statutory advice to help anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, identify child abuse and neglect and take appropriate action in response. The advice can be found at:

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

If you need to report an allegation, especially about a member of staff or volunteer please follow the Warrington Safeguarding Children Board procedures which can be found at http://warringtonlscb.org/report-a-concern/

We know that most of our children are safe and benefit from the activities and encouragement that sporting clubs and organisations provide. However, it is always useful to review the measures you have in place to protect children and young people and ensure that you are following best practice. If you have any general worries or concerns please contact your professional association.

If you do not have a professional association or formal lead/support organisation you may find relevant information for organisations, parents and children via the following link to the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit: https://thecpsu.org.uk and Twitter: @TheCPSU

You can also access a range of safeguarding children information from the ‘Professionals’ area of this website which can be accessed via this websites home page: http://warringtonlscb.org/

If you wish to speak to a member of the WSCB Core Team then please use the link via the contact page:

http://warringtonlscb.org/contact/

The WSCB also publishes a range of safeguarding information via its ‘facebook’ and ‘twitter’ accounts; again both can be accessed via the home page of this website: http://warringtonlscb.org/