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Safe in Sport

We take the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

We promote the safety and welfare of children and young people engaged in sporting activities locally. We aim to contribute to safeguarding children and young people by:

  • Meeting the requirements of the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (CPSU second edition)
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes for children and young people
  • Formulation of a Safeguarding Children in Sport group to work with partners to establish, consistent safeguarding standards for sports activities
  • Requiring those individuals or organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide any services for children and young people to effectively address safeguarding requirements
  • Maximising its influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within its wider partnership roles and relationships

To minimise the possibility of abuse to those people at risk in sporting environments, we are committed to working in partnership with all agencies to ensure that information and training opportunities are available for coaches, staff and volunteers to guide them in best practice when working with all children, young people and vulnerable adults.

For information and Guidance on Safeguarding and Protecting Children in sport can be found by accessing the NSPCC Safeguarding Support Toolkit for Sports Programmes


What To Do If You Need Help

If you are a child or young person who needs help, please go to the Childline website or the NSPCC Helpline website.

If you are a sports club looking for more detailed information on child protection in sport, please visit the Child Protection in Sport Unit website. This includes links to excellent resources and publications, including the Safesport Away guide for clubs taking children and young people away on trips.

Here at Lancashire Sport Partnership we have two designated Child Protection officers:

Jayne Wilson 
Safeguarding Lead Officer
Tel: 01772 299830
Email: jwilson@lancashiresport.org.uk 

Ronan McMahon
Deputy Safeguarding officer
Tel: 01772 299830
Email: rmcmahon@lancashiresport.org.uk  

Adrian Leather
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 01772 299830
Email: aleather@lancashiresport.org.uk 

If you have any concerns you can contact Lancashire Police on 01772 614444.


Advice and Contacts

Child Protection in Sport Unit Advice
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. In Scotland there is a similar partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland.

The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.

They have a wide range of advice and support available including:

  • Advice for parents - It's your right as a parent or carer to be able to check how well a sports club is run, for the sake of your child's safety and your peace of mind.
  • Advice for young people - Don't let anyone spoil the fun! Sport is fun - it gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do!
  • safeguarding in a digital world- Online technology has advanced and changed the way people communicate and interact on a daily basis. Sports organisations, coaches and others involved in providing activities for children and young people are increasingly using the internet and social media to promote sport and communicate with them.

Useful Contacts
Childline
T: 0800 1111
W: www.childline.org.uk 

Child Protection in Sport Unit
T: 0116 234 7278/7280
W: www.thecpsu.org.uk 

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
T: 0800 800 500
W: www.nspcc.org.uk 

Mencap Sport
T: 01924 234912
W: www.mencap.org.uk/sport 

Sports Coach UK
T: 0113 274 4802
W: www.sportscoachuk.org 

Disclosure & Barring Service
T: 0870 90 90 811
W: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service


Local Safeguarding Children Boards

The Government sets out the duties of every Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in their document 'Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)'.

The purpose of all LSCBs is to ensure that local services provided to children are effective and well coordinated. Working Together 2013 also states that The LSCB should publish a threshold document that includes:

the process for the early help assessment and the type and level of early help services to be provided; and
the criteria, including the level of need, for when a case should be referred to local authority children's social care for assessment and for statutory services.
Lancashire has three Local Safeguarding Children Boards, they are: