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We work with sports clubs to support them in being a safe environment for children and young people.
Parents (or carers) have a right to check how well a sports club is run, for the sake of their child’s safety and their own piece of mind.
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) have produced guidelines to help sports clubs and organisation make sure that they deal with safeguarding concerns effectively. The guidance can be viewed at: thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/putting-safeguards-in-place
“Parents, through their support, encouragement and understanding, play a pivotal role in supporting their child’s participation, success and fun when playing sport. It’s essential that sports clubs communicate regularly with parents so that both coach and parent work towards the same goals.”
– Paul Stephenson, NSPCC CPSU
It is important for sports club to involve parents in their child’s sport for many reasons, including:
Parents can also:
Parental behaviour can however have a negative impact on not only their child but the coach and club too. This can involve getting carried away on the sidelines and promoting a ‘win at all costs’ attitude.
CPSU provide advice on promoting positive parental behaviour – thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/topics/parents-in-sport/ or view the “5 top tips for working with parents in sport” by clicking here.