Safeguarding & Protecting Children
The latter part of 2016 highlighted historical abuse accusations in sport but these relate to times when the safeguarding processes that exist today were not in place in the 80s or 90s. Today sport has much better protocols in place to mitigate the possibility of child abuse through better recruitment systems, DBS checks and ongoing safeguarding training. Active Dorset has committed to this by appointing Tony Jones-Pert as Designated Officer and Clive Nelson as Deputy. Both have undergone extensive training with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
Active Dorset is continually improving practice by using the Safeguarding Framework to ensure that safeguarding practice in sport is established and embedded in Dorset. This will involve a commitment to consultation with children and young people and from consultation in 2015 we have produced advice and guidance on bullying in the form of cards aimed at different age groups (view these in our downloads section). These are available to clubs and if you would like some please contact Tony Jones-Pert on 01202 458889 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If children want further advice or want to speak to someone confidentially go to our Useful Links section for suitable websites and phone numbers.
Our policy has been updated and all reference to Vulnerable Adults has been deleted. This is because there are many fundamental differences and it was agreed that separate policies would be better. Both policies are now available to view and the Safeguarding Children policy has two of the sections available as separate downloads to make for easier and quicker reading depending on your needs. Codes of Conduct are also available for coaches, children and parents/carers. We refer to the one for coaches as complying with the 4 'Rs' - Rights, Relationships, Personal Responsibilities and Professional Responsibilities
The CPSU has excellent resources on its website. For example, whenever partners are working together to put on activities, there is a toolkit to enable them to be sure that key aspects of keeping children and young people safe are understood by all partners and addressed before the activity begins. The toolkit is available on the downloads page but to view the whole range of resources available to sports clubs click here.
Active Dorset is dedicated to working in partnership with all agencies to ensure that information and training opportunities are available for all staff and volunteers to guide them in best practice when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 (18:15 - 21:15)
Location: Bourne Academy, Hadow Rd, Bournemouth, BH10 5HS
This workshop is for coaches and anyone in regular contact with children in sport
Another source of training is Kidscape. This organisation equips young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK. To find out more click here
Advice Over Concerns
If you have any concerns or just need advice, we can advise club Welfare Officers and coaches or signpost to relevant contacts. For more information please contact:
Our links page will direct you to a number of other statutory contacts throughout Dorset.