Safeguarding of children & other vulnerable people is now more important than ever, with lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic leading to an increase in reports of safeguarding issues across the UK. The rise of virtual online activities has also meant that further safeguarding policies need to be implemented in order to run these safely. The information below will provide links to safeguarding training, whilst we have also complied a list of websites & phone numbers of organisations that can help if you have concerns.
Here at Northamptonshire Sport, we will be continuing to run our Safeguarding & Protecting Children courses online throughout the pandemic. The interactive sessions will help club members to understand and spot the different types of abuse, and provide invaluable information on what to do if you believe someone is at risk of abuse. The course has been updated to include content on Anti-radicalisation and Vulnerable Children and Adults. To book onto our next session please click here.
NSPCC: The NSPCC website is a treasure trove of information and a great place to go if you have any safeguarding questions. They provide advice on all topics related to child abuse, including specific pages to help deal with the impacts of Covid-19. The NSPCC learning site has training and resources to help you protect children from abuse and neglect.
CPSU: The Children Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is the sport & physical activity specific arm of the NSPCC. As well as providing information specific to safeguarding in sports clubs, they can help your club to put safeguards in place, assess your current safeguarding policies & develop your safeguarding practises
The CPSU also provides an excellent, thorough library of resources on ensuring that your virtual event is safe for all participants. You can find this guidance by clicking here. They also offer training for providers in this area.
Ann Craft Trust: The leading UK authority on safeguarding adults and young people at risk, the Ann Craft Trusts Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Activity is a project funded by Sport England to develop best practice in safeguarding adults at risk. Their Essential Guide for Safeguarding Adults explains what safeguarding adults is, explores relevant legislation and guidance and links this to sport and activity settings.
Below is a list of phone number you can call if you have a safeguarding concern. If you believe that someone is in immediate danger, please dial 999 and inform the police
NSPCC 08088 005000
Childline 0800 1111
CPSU 01163 665580