4th October, 2021 1:50 pm
A group of Scottish sporting bodies has backed a campaign to improve safeguarding in sports clubs by helping parents report concerns.
An online survey conducted for the NSPCC by YouGov found 20 per cent of those who had children in clubs, would not know who to speak to if they had any worries about child welfare there.
Scottish Gymnastics, Scottish Athletics and Netball Scotland backed this week’s Parents in Sport Week, a campaign run by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and Children 1st, aiming to equip every parent with safeguarding knowledge.
Doc McKelvey, chief executive of Scottish Gymnastics, said: “Many sports have had cause to focus and self-reflect following complaints on different issues. We have embarked on a long-term project to ensure all our members, parents and carers know more about safeguarding and child protection, how to identify and raise concerns, and give them the confidence to do so.”
The charities say every club offering children’s coaching should have a child welfare officer and a safeguarding policy. Children 1st provides a guide for parents on finding a safe sports club for their child while the NSPCC has published resources aimed at parents, to help them understand their safety role.
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