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The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership for London

Safeguarding & Child Protection

Safeguarding & Child Protection

At London Sport 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.

All staff and Board members involved with London Sport, 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.

London Sport 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). We now have an annual implementation plan that has been approved by Sport England and the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) which demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement.

Our Policy Statement

Our 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.

All staff and Board members involved with London Sport, 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.

London Sport will also provide guidance to partners to ensure sporting and physical activity opportunities within South London is provided to the highest possible standard of care.

London Sport has achieved the Advanced Child Safeguarding Children in Sport Standard as required by Sport England and the Child Protection in Sport Unit (part of the N.S.P.C.C). We are now working to achieve actions within our annual implementation plan which will demonstrate continuous improvement in Safeguarding.

Every Child Matters: Change for Children

Every Child Matters: Change for Children is an 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.

Guidance

The government have written Working Together to Safeguard Children to provide concise guidance that on the legislation regarding child safety.

The DBS Check Eligible Positions Guide lists 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.

London Sport will also provide guidance to partners to ensure sporting and physical activity opportunities within South London are provided to the highest possible standard of care. You can watch a Safeguarding Tutorial below:

Links
 
Child Protection in Sport Unit
Policy Statement (pdf download)
Child Protection Policy (word download)
Every Child Matters: Change for Children (pdf download)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (pdf download)
Working Together to Safeguard Children DBS Check Eligible Positions Guide(pdf download)
Working Together to Safeguard Children (pdf download)
Sports Coach UK Best Practice Guidelines for Coaching Children and Young People's Activities (pdf download)
CPSU Newsletter RELAY Summer 2013
 
Contact
 
For further information contact:
David Gentles, Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead
david.gentles@londonsport.org / 020 8726 6000 (ext 60838)
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