A children’s charity is calling for parents to help their child have a safe and enjoyable experience of sport as part of a week promoting parents’ engagement in their children’s activities.
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) wants parents to sign the Sports Parents Promise during Parents In Sport Week, which runs from October 7 to 13.
Parents will make three pledges to support their child’s safety in sport:
- I promise to make sure the club we choose together is safe and fun.
- I promise to listen to you if you have any concerns about your sport.
- I promise to make sure that I always support you and your teammates in a positive way.
You can sign the promise at the CPSU website, as well as finding advice and information on choosing a club and encouraging safe participation in sport.
An NSPCC/YouGov survey found that over 30% of parents with children active in sport would not know who to turn to if they had safeguarding concerns.
Nick Slinn, director of the Child Protection in Sport Unit, said: “We introduced the Sports Parents Promise because it is essential for everyone to play their part in protecting children, and making every sporting experience a positive one.
“We want to make it easier for parents to know how they can support a safer sports environment and give them confidence to act when needed.”
For more information on how Active Norfolk supports safeguarding, see our Safer In Sport page.