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Advice for Parents & Carers

All children, young people and vulnerable adults have the right to have fun and be safe and free from harm when participating in sport and physical activity.

It is 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.

Sports clubs have responsibilities to ensure that their coaches and other staff are safe to work with children. Clubs should be able to provide you with confirmation that staff and volunteers are suitable and have undergone the right checks, all organisations providing sports for children should welcome your questions about how they will keep your child safe.

The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) provides detailed advice on what to look for in a sports club: CPSU Information for Parents


View the document: How safe if your child’s sports club? 5 questions you should be asking’.

View the document: ‘A parents charter – what parents should look for when choosing a good sports club or activity’.

View Sport England’s Advice: Safeguarding Advice for Parents and Carers.


It’s also important to consider what impact your behaviour will have on how your child experiences sport. Whether you become an inspiration or take the fun out of the game depends on what you do on the side-lines.

Many parents don’t even realise that their behaviour could be having an impact on their child’s enjoyment of sport.

We ask parents to consider their own behaviour…

Parents Code of Behaviour:


“Remember it’s our game not yours”