Nottinghamshire FA are encouraging parents to sign the NSPCC's Sports Parents Promise to keep their children safe in sport.
Over 30 percent of parents with children active in sport would not know who to turn to if they had safeguarding concerns, a survey conducted by the NSPCC and polling company YouGov has revealed.
The charity is encouraging parents to become more informed about their children's sports during Parents in Sport Week an event which celebrates positive parental involvement in youth sport.
The Sports Parents Promise offers parents helpful guidance on what makes a safe sports club, how to respond if they have any worries or concerns, and how to show positive side-line behaviour when attending games and tournaments.
The NSPCC's CPSU website also has detailed guidance on what to look for in a sports club, and the questions you should be asking:
· Are the club’s policies and procedures available for parents to read, including how they deal with concerns over poor practice and abuse?
· Does the club have a welfare or safeguarding officer as a contact for any concerns?
· Do they have written standards for good practice, such as a code of conduct?
· Has the club asked for essential medical and emergency contact information?
· Has the club asked for parental consent for a child to participate?
· What has the club done to ensure their staff are safe to work with children?
The NSPCC also offers support and guidance through the helpline, on 0808 800 5000 or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, sports club staff and volunteers can visit https://thecpsu.org.uk
For more Contact Julia - Designated Safeguarding Officer
T:0115 9837400 M:07415238880