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Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Suffolk Sport believes that the welfare and safety of children and young people is of paramount importance, and that all children and young people have the right to protection from abuse and to take part in sport without risk of harm.

Suffolk Sport was awarded the Advanced level standards for Safeguarding and protecting children in 2009, having previously achieved the Preliminary standard in 2004 and Intermediate standard in 2007.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children courses

Safeguarding and Protecting Children (10th May 2017)

Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 (18:30 - 21:30)

Location: King Edward VI School, Grove Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3BH

A required course for all Suffolk Sport topcoaches but is open to all. This workshop covers protecting yourself and the young people you work with by following good practice. Learn to recognise signs of abuse and what to do if you have concerns. This course forms part of the minimum standards for coaches.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children (13th July 2017)

Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 (18:30 - 21:30)

Location: Hadleigh Pool and Leisure, Stonehouse Road, Hadleigh, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7 5BH

A required course for all Suffolk Sport topcoaches but is open to all. This workshop covers protecting yourself and the young people you work with by following good practice. Learn to recognise signs of abuse and what to do if you have concerns. This course forms part of the minimum standards for coaches.

Latest Safeguarding and Protecting Children News

Child Protection in Sport Unit - Handling allegations of abuse and safeguarding children in sport

Child Protection in Sport Unit - Handling allegations of abuse and safeguarding children in sport

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:00

We have all the information and safeguarding tools you need to help you keep children safe in sport and respond confidently to allegations of abuse.

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Our Responsibilities

Children and Young People

If you are a child or young person and have any concerns about something that happened to you or to someone you know here is some useful information for you.
Advice for children and young people

Adults

Whether you are a coach, parent, Sports Development Officer or other adult, if you want advice about child protection here are some useful numbers for you to call.
Advice for adults

Parents or Carers

If you are a parent or carer and want to know how you can be sure that the sports club your child belongs to is safe here is some useful advice.

Clubs

All sports clubs should adopt a child protection policy, which outlines what they will do to ensure the safety and welfare of junior members. The CPSU have lots of support and guidance for clubs about putting safeguarding standards in place. Club Safeguarding information

Guidance on Behaviour

It is important that everyone within your club knows what is or is not acceptable conduct. Codes of Conduct can help clarify to your members what you expect and what is appropriate. Suffolk Sport has produced three codes of conduct for:

  • coaches,
  • players
  • parents/carers

Please download the codes of conduct from the list below.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is part of the NSPCC. They can offer you and your club guidance and advice on child protection issues, from implementing policies to managing difficult behaviour with members of your club. For more information go to www.thecpsu.org.uk.

ISA Scheme and CRB

Reform of Vetting and Barring scheme and CRB.

The government announced its proposals for reform of both the Vetting and Barring Scheme and Criminal Records Bureau, as part of a wider announcement on its new Freedom Bill.

Suffolk Sport is currently supporting the work of the Child Protection in Sport Unit and the Sports & Recreation Alliance in their work, on behalf of the sports sector, in making recommendations to the government review panel of the changes that we would welcome in sport.

At the moment the following criteria still apply:
A club cannot knowingly employ, either paid or as a volunteer, someone who is barred from working with children and young people
Someone who is registered on the barred list cannot seek employment, either paid or voluntary, with children and young people
Employers have a duty to report any referrals of harm or risk of harm to a child or young person.

Clubs should continue to undertake CRB checks on relevant staff and volunteers as is your current practice.
Go to www.isa.homeoffice.gov.uk or www.nspcc.org.uk/cpsu for further information.

Suffolk Sport has representation on the Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board. The Suffolk SCB can support you by providing guidance and information through leaflets, newsletters, latest policies and procedures, training and seminar details, and more.

Important Links

Customer First
0808 800 4005

Local Authority Designated Officer
Local Designated Officers, Rennie Everett and Dian Campbell
Can be contacted via email on LADOCentral@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk
or using the LADO central telephone number 0300 123 2044 for allegations against all staff and volunteers.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
www.thecpsu.org.uk
0116 366 5590
email: cpsu@nspcc.org.uk

SAFE CIC
http://www.safecic.co.uk/
01379 871091

Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board
www.suffolkscb.org.uk
08456 066067

NSPCC Helpline
www.nspcc.org.uk
0808 800 5000
18 or under?
Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help
0800 1111

For any assistance with Safeguarding and Protecting Children please contact Tracy Brownlow via the information below:

Tracy Brownlow

Sport & Physical Activity Development Manager

Suffolk Sport

Address
C/O SCDC East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT
Telephone
07921 156997
Website
http://www.suffolksport.com
Kathryn James

Kathryn James

Sport Development Officer Suffolk Sport

Suffolk Sport

Address
C/O SCDC East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT
Telephone
01394 444582
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