Safeguarding and Protecting Children in
Thousands of children in Wales enjoy participating in sport and
exercise every day.
However, some young people have experienced abuse and/or poor
practice linked to their participation. In addition, some children
who are participating in sport may be experiencing abuse unrelated
to the sport, either at home or within the wider community.
Substantial progress has been made in safeguarding children, but
we can't be complacent in making sure children are safe when they
are playing sport.
Coaches, volunteers and officials are in the privileged position
of having an opportunity to build strong relationships with young
people in their care and are therefore ideally placed to recognise
signs that a child may be being abused.
This can be achieved by being alert to and aware of the risks
which individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to
children and being aware of and responding to any indicators that a
child may be experiencing abuse.
NGB's should recognise the importance of ensuring there are
procedures in place that outline the appropriate steps to take in
the event of a concern. In addition, it is essential to ensure
there are comprehensive policies and practical guidance that
promotes the welfare of children and minimises any identifiable
risks within the sports environment.
Child Protection in Sport Unit
Welsh sport has a close relationship with the NSPCC through the
Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
The CPSU is commissioned by Sport Wales to work on a set of
standards for NGBs in Wales, the
Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in and through
Sport in Wales. As part of the process to work towards the
standards, the CPSU work with governing bodies on aspects such as
their safeguarding policies, action plans for communication with
people taking part in their sport, and safeguarding education and
For more information on the Child Protection in Sport Unit visit
Disclosure and Barring Service
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is a government
service, which replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.
It helps prevent unsuitable people from working with children and
vulnerable adults. Processing requests for criminal records checks,
it helps organisations like sports clubs make safer volunteer
More information on DBS checks is avaialble on the Club
Solutions web resource: www.clubsolutions.wales
Safeguarding at Clubs
Grassroots clubs, and other sporting organisations and activity
providers, have a duty to protect children and keep them safe from
harm. Having a child protection policy and club welfare officer are
two of the aspects that clubs need to put in place.
For more information and tools to help, visit: www.clubsolutions.wales/what-is-safeguarding/
Reporting a concern
Should you have any concerns about the safety and well-being of
a child, there are several options:
- If you think a child is in immediate danger of
abuse, contact the police on 999.
- If there's no immediate danger and you're
unsure of who to speak to, you can speak to your club or
organisation designated child welfare/safeguarding officer, or call
the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 for immediate advice.