What should you do?
It is important to remember that the welfare of the child is of paramount concern. However it is not up to you to decide whether or not a child has been abused, but to report concerns appropriately.
Remember support is available should you need it, through your governing body, statutory social care services and the NSPCC, as well as directly from the Child Protection in Sport Unit.
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child :
Is the child in immediate danger or are they injured?
- If yes - Contact the Police by dialling 999.
Report the concern:
- If you are affiliated to a National Governing Body, refer to their safeguarding procedures about who to report the concerns to.
- If your club or activity isn't affiliated to a governing body, you can seek support from the County Sports Partnership or your local Children's Social Care (Social Services).
- You can also seek confidential advice and guidance from the NSPCC by calling 0808 800 5000.
Ensure you keep a record of your concern and how you reported it.