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Safeguarding Children in Sport


Sport is about having fun and challenging yourself. It can also be a great way to spend time with your friends as well as make new friends. We want all participants to enjoy their experience and to make sure they are safe at all times.

If a young person feels that their enjoyment of sport is being spoiled by something more serious then there are a number of things they can do:

• Tell an adult that they trust as soon as possible, ideally parents

but they could also talk to a teacher or a doctor.

• Make sure they are not alone with anyone who has tried to harm them.

• They can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org,

they will know who can help you in your area.

If you have concerns about the welfare or safety of a young person at this School Games event, or are a young person who has concerns, please speak to the North Yorkshire Sport lead Safeguarding Officer on 07879708963

Parents, carers and family members can help to safeguard young people to ensure they have a positive experience when playing sport.

Further information can be obtained by visiting www.northyorkshiresport.co.uk and clicking on the 'Safeguarding' tab, or calling (01423) 637650.


What is North Yorkshire Sport doing to safeguard your children at the School Games?

At North Yorkshire Sport we are being pro-active in the safeguarding of children and young people and have a number of methods to reduce the potential risk to children:

• All event staff, sports staff and team managers will have completed either a Disclosure & Barring (DBS) check or will have provided references to North Yorkshire Sport to establish that they are suitable to work with young people at the Games.

• We provide all spectators and participants with guidance on photography, including Do's and Don't's. There are zones at the School Games that are no photography areas (changing rooms, toilets, first aid etc) and these are clearly marked on site. Parents should be aware that there will be an official photographer on the day.

• The venue and the sports have been subject to a comprehensive risk assessment to minimise any risks.

• Codes of conduct are produced for everyone who attends the School Games (see below) and a process to deal with non-compliance is in place.

• A complaints procedure is in place should there be any issues.

• Participants will be asked to give feedback on the event throughout the day to ensure they are enjoying it.

North Yorkshire Sport have achieved the Advanced Safeguarding Standard, which is monitored by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).


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