Each week, more than 8 million children in the United Kingdom take part in sport.
They do so in a range of situations, from local groups to national competitions. But while most enjoy themselves in safety, a small number are at risk of abuse from individuals who choose sports work to gain access to children.
The welfare and well-being of all participants whatever their race, religion, sex, class, sexual orientation, age, disability or special needs is a key concern of Active Lincolnshires Partnership. The information contained in this section is designed to minimise risks and maximise enjoyment and is relevant to all those taking part but particularly those groups who are most vulnerable.
Active Lincolnshires Partnership recognises the need to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from individuals who may abuse positions of trust and is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of all young people playing our sport. In your work as a sports volunteer, there are a number of steps you can take to help safeguard children, young people and other vulnerable individuals. You can also play an important role in protecting them who may be experiencing abuse in other areas of their lives.
Standards for safeguarding in sport
The following standards have been developed to help safeguard and protect children and young people in sport. The standards are based on current good practice and are informed by legislation and guidance, evidence from research, and experience of what works; drawing from the field of child protection and from sport.
The need for standards was identified in the Child Protection in Sport Action Plan in 2000. There has been extensive consultation on the standards and they have received strong support from partners such as National Governing Bodies of Sport, County Sports Partnership, government departments and more.
The purpose of the standards is to:
- Help create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and protect them from harm
- Provide a benchmark to assist those involved in sport to make informed decisions
- Promote good practice and challenge practice that is harmful to children
The areas covered in the standards are:
- Procedures and systems
- Codes of practice and behaviour
- Education and Training
- Access to advice and support
- Implementation and monitoring
Standards for safeguarding in sport are mandatory for English Governing Bodies and County Sports Partnerships, and Sport England has made working towards achieving these standards a condition of Grant Aid.Active Lincolnshires Partnership has achieved the advanced level in the standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport.
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board
The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is a statutory board which has been set up as part of the Children Act 2004, reforms, and requires all organisations that work with children to cooperate to keep children safe from harm. The Lincolnshire SCB agrees how local services and professionals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. At the heart of establishing the Lincolnshire SCB is the desire to provide useful information and a user friendly tool which will aid children, young people, their families and professionals to ensure safeguarding is everyone’s business. For more information have a look on their website www.lincolnshirelscb.org.uk
Changes to CRB checks, now known as the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a search of a person’s details against Police records and, in relevant cases, barred list information.
A DBS check helps organisations to determine whether a person is a suitable candidate for the role they are applying for. The check also forms part of the wider safeguarding process. To find out more about the DBS and how to apply click here.
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