Choosing safe summer sports and activities
Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:37
The summer holidays are just around the corner. If you're thinking of sending your child to a summer sports club, camp or activity, here's some advice and tips on what to look for when choosing somewhere safe.
It's important to choose a club or activity that's right for your child and you. Most clubs offer a taster session prior to your child signing up. This allows your child and you to speak to staff and coaches, and look around the facilities to see what's on offer before you both come to a decision.
What to look for
All organisations and coaches running sessions for children should:
- have a named welfare or safeguarding officer
- have a safeguarding policy or statement
- run DBS checks on their staff and volunteers
- ask for your consent, contact details and any medical details
For more details about what to look for in a sports club, see the NSPCC Information for parents.
Remember, you can always contact the National Governing Body of the sport your child is involved in if you have any concerns. Or you contact the NSPCC Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd like all parents with children taking part in sport to feel like they know what makes a safe club, and how they can support their child's development positively.
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