If you have any Safeguarding concerns please click this Reporting Concerns document.
It is a fundamental right that everyone is safe whilst participating in sport. Active Lincolnshire has a Safeguarding & Child Protection policy in place to help those who may have been or are being abused in sport.
Safeguarding children & young people focuses on protecting individuals identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
The Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children & young people up to the age of 18-years-old, regardless of colour, beliefs, sexuality or disability. Everyone should be safe from harm.
Where can you get help?
- Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be a parent or someone else in your family, a teacher, a coach or school counsellor, your doctor or school nurse.
- Active Lincolnshire has a designated welfare officer, Lynsey Norris, who can talk to you about your worries.
- Make sure you’re not alone again with the person who is harming or has tried to harm you.
There are many organisations that provide help and support if you are a young person with issues that you need to discuss with someone. Whatever your worry, it is better out than in.
Telephone 0800 11 11 to talk to someone at Childline. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles in the UK and they won’t show up on your phone bill. Even if you don’t have credit on your mobile phone you can still call.
You can contact Childline confidentially about anything – no problem is too big or too small.
Some of the things that you might want to contact them about are: problems at school, bullying, drugs or pregnancy. You can also talk to Childline about physical and sexual abuse, concerns about parents, siblings or friends and crimes against you.
The Mix (formerly Get Connected)
Telephone 0808 808 4994 for free to talk to someone at The Mix. The Mix offers free confidential help for under 25s and you can speak to their team through their freephone helpline above, a one-to-one online chat, via email or through telephone counselling.
The Mix can help you emotionally by supporting you as you explain what’s going on, they can explore the options available to you and they can get in touch with a service that can help you the best.
You may also find useful information, articles and discussion boards on The Mix website.
Actions by an individual or group usually repeated over time that negatively affect another group or individual physically or emotionally is bullying. This can happen in the real or digital world.
It is important to speak out if you’re being bullied or witness bullying happening. There are things you can do to stop bullying, like talking to an adult you trust and writing down what happened, when it happened, and who was involved. If the bullying is online, you should keep the evidence – save or copy any photos, videos, texts, e-mails or posts.
For more information visit the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.
Parents and children should consider safety concerns around social media profiles and forums. It is important to know the risks around posting inappropriate content, personal information, and making contact with friends you make online.
Make your online profile private
You can use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your social media profile. Most social networking sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, have settings to limit the information you share with others.
Remember – you leave a virtual footprint everywhere you go on the internet and once something is on the internet it can be very difficult to remove it completely.
Read more about staying safe online on the e-Safety section of our website.