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Guide to safeguarding - for children & young people

Sport is about having fun and being the very best you can be. We want you to be safe from harm when you're involved in our events and sessions. Sport gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do! For a very few children, their fun is spoilt by people who do or say things that hurt or frighten them.

What these children are experiencing may be abuse, and they may feel they have no one to talk to about it, or that no one will listen to them or believe what they say.

North Yorkshire Sport wants to do everything it can to stop these things happening, and to help those who may be affected. This is called 'Child Protection.'

Who does it help?

Safeguarding & Child Protection is for all young people under 18 regardless of colour, beliefs, sexuality, disability or anything else. Everyone should be safe from harm.

Where can I get help?

Here's some advice if you think you are being abused or have been in the past:

  • Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be: a parent or someone else in your family; a teacher or school counsellor; your doctor or school nurse. Make sure you are not alone with the person who has tried to harm you.
  • Make sure you're not alone again with the person who is or has trying to harm you.
  • Contact one of the Safeguarding & Child Protection Helplines listed on our contacts page for example Childline on 0800 1111 - They will know who can help you in your area.

North Yorkshire Sport has designated Safeguarding lead officers who you can talk to about your worries. You can contact them on: