Safeguarding and Protecting Children
Safeguarding and Protecting Children
At PRO-ACTIVE South London, we recognise our responsibility for ensuring the welfare of all young people (under 18 years), as well as vulnerable adults who may have a disability, during their involvement in sport and physical activity, regardless of their culture, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual identity or gender.
Every Child Matters: Change for Children is a new approach to the well-being of children and young people from birth to age 19.
The Government's aim is for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, to have the support they need to:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
This means that the organisations involved with providing services to children - from hospitals and schools, to police and voluntary groups - will be teaming up in new ways, sharing information and working together, to protect children and young people from harm and help them achieve what they want in life. Children and young people will have far more say about issues that affect them as individuals and collectively.
The government have written 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' to provide concise guidance that on the legislation regarding child safety. A copy is available to download here.
All staff and Board members involved with PRO-ACTIVE South London, whether in paid or a voluntary capacity recognise that they have a duty of care towards children and young people as well as vulnerable adults.
PRO-ACTIVE South London have achieved the advanced level of the safeguarding & protecting children in Sport standard, accredited by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (part of the NSPCC).
For young people Sport & Physical Activity is about having fun and enjoying themselves, whilst maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. As the key people within the organisations providing opportunities for young people to take part, you are duty bound to safeguard and protect young people, and the coaches, officials and volunteers involved in the developing them, by ensuring best practice is in place. PRO-ACTIVE South London will provide guidance to partners to ensure sporting and physical activity opportunities within South London are provided to the highest possible standard of care.
This responsibility under the terms of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, seeks to enable every child who participates in an activity in South London, to do so in a fun, safe and friendly environment and be protected from harm.
DBS check eligible positions guidance
The positions listed in this guide represent the professions, offices, employments, work and occupations that are known as the exceptions to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and eligible for DBS checks. Download the DBS checks guide here.
For more information about Child Protection in South London please contact David Gentles, Partnership Manager, PRO-ACTIVE South London by email or phone 020 8726 6000 Ext 60838.
Related Information and Documents:
- Advice for Organisations
- Advice for Parents
- Advice for Young People
- How to report concerns
- Training Programmes
- PRO-ACTIVE South London Policy Statement.
- PRO-ACTIVE South London Child Protection Policy.
- Partnership Check and Challenge Tool: keeping children safe in sport and physical activity
- Sports Coach UK Best Practice Guidelines for Coaching Children and Young People's Activities guidance
- CPSU Newsletter - Relay Winter 2012