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North Yorkshire Sport Ltd is committed to making sport a safer place for all children and young people to participate in across the County. We firmly believe that everyone has the right to take part in sport free from harm, bullying or persecution and that sport can play a significant role in the social, emotional, physical and moral development of young people. Sport helps children grow and develop, and can provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement. Through sport children can develop valuable qualities such as leadership, confidence and self-esteem.

Every child and young person has the right to have fun, be safe and free from harm whether training for a local team, playing for a local club or representing their sport and country at international level.

North Yorkshire Sport has a duty of care for children who take part in activities, or access services, that we provide (Children's Act 2004). We take our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children very seriously and it is a fundamental part of all aspects of work for the County Sports Partnership.

Working with coaches, clubs and volunteers we will educate and support those delivering sport and physical activity within the County (either on our behalf or part of the sporting landscape), ensuring children and young people can enjoy and get the very best from their involvement in sport in North Yorkshire. We have policies and procedures in place that can help raise awareness and support those working in sport, giving them the knowledge of what they need to do to protect children involved in sport and to minimise avoidable risks.

North Yorkshire Sport has a long tradition of working with the Child Protection in Sport Uni (CPSU) and the NSPCC to ensure that we have the necessary standards in place to help create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and to protect them from harm.

We have achieved the highest standard available from the CPSU, the 'Advanced Standard for Safeguarding & Protecting Children in Sport' and are subject to bi-annual reviews with the CPSU to ensure we are making good progress against our safeguarding action plan.

North Yorkshire Sport Ltd is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people engaged in sporting activities locally. We aim to contribute to safeguarding children and young people by:

  • Meeting the requirements of the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (CPSU)
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when core staff, volunteers and others are providing services, activities and programmes for children and young people
  • Working with partners to establish and implement agreed, consistent minimum safeguarding standards for sports activities locally
  • Requiring those individuals or organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide any service for children and young people to effectively address safeguarding requirements
  • Maximising its influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within its wider partnership roles and relationships

The North Yorkshire Sport Board of Trustees endorses these aims, and supports the core staff team in this work and the development of an annual action plan.

The safeguarding section of our website contains information on what to do if you are concerned over the welfare of a young person in sport in North Yorkshire, lots of useful resources for clubs, coaches & volunteers to use to support local sports delivery and lots of useful links and contacts for organisations that can provide additional advice and resources on safeguarding children & young people in sport.