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Safeguarding in Sport - 2017

Shared responsibility for safeguarding As you are already aware safeguarding children in sport is everyone’s responsibility. From the coaches and volunteers leading the sessions to Board members who finalise policies and procedures to parents, carers and spectators at events who may notice a concern, everyone can play a role in keeping children safe. This is something that Safeguarding in Sport would like to continue to emphasise as we believe that where responsibility for safeguarding falls on the shoulders of one individual this places both that individual and children at greater risk. With this in mind we recently engaged colleagues from across Scottish sport to produce a new video called ‘It’s Everyone’s Responsibility’. Please share the video below or link through your own websites or social media outlets to help us spread the message.

In addition to recognising the valuable role that everyone has in keeping children safe, it is also important that no one person within a sports organisation ever feels that they are solely responsible for safeguarding. 

While we would strongly advocate that all SGBs and clubs have a designated Wellbeing and Child Protection Officer who can lead on policy/practice development and managing concerns, we would also recommend that organisations identify at least one other person with whom the child protection lead can discuss complicated concerns, share ideas for developing safeguarding practice and who can deputise should the lead child protection officer be holiday, unwell or leave the organisation. 

The person identified does not need to be a child protection expert but should complete some basic safeguarding training such as the Safeguarding and Protecting Children or In Safe Hands course in order that they have sufficient understanding of the topic to support the lead officer in their role. 

If you would like any further information or templates relating to Wellbeing and Child Protection Officers, please email the Safeguarding in Sport team.




Links from June Networking Masterclass

A big thank you to all who were able to attend the June Networking Masterclass. It was fantastic to see such a wide representation from across the different areas of sport and your contributions on the day really helped to make the event more interactive and fun. 

We hope you all enjoyed your imaginary journey abroad but also took some learning away from the experience. We have received several requests for further information based on some of the external speakers who presented on the day. With that in mind the following are some links to useful information on each of the topics covered.

Supporting Transgender Athletes:

  • The LGBT Youth Scotland Website provides general guidance about supporting young people who identify as LGBT and contains links to several resources and local contacts.
  • Trans Athlete Guidance is an international website containing guidance on supporting transgender athletes in sport including samples of policies on supporting transgender athletes from around the globe
  • Although Transgender 101 is an American resource, this guide to supporting transgender athletes contains information and advice that remains very much relevant to the Scottish context).

Anti-Bullying Guidance:

  • respectme provide support and guidance on all aspects of anti-bullying policy and practice in Scotland.

The input of our actors Beth and Andrew was also very well received. For those who couldn’t make it on the day, here's a sample video of their input:


Anti-bullying with Suit and Pace


Many people have been asking how to contact the actors regarding bookings for future events. Andrew and Beth work under the trade name Suit & Pace and can be contacted at:




How Safe Are Our Children?

NSPCC has recently released its annual ‘How safe are our children?’ report. The report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the four nations of the UK for 2016. 




Dates for your diary

  • SGB/LA Joint Network Group Meeting – September 20 9:30am-4pm at Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross (Agenda and E-Vite to follow).

There are still spaces available on the courses below. If you are interested in attending, please click on the course name and follow the joining instructions on Eventbrite.

Safeguarding: respectme - Bullying is Never Acceptable (by sportscotland and the SSA)
Summary:  Sadly bullying is an issue for many sports and is now an area that many are addressing.
This one-day training provides delegates with an introduction to bullying behaviours and some of the practical strategies that can be used to combat bullying wherever it occurs.
When:   Tuesday 30 August 2016 from 10:00 to 16:00
Where:  Room 1 & 2 - Caledonia House South Gyle , Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ

In Safe Hands 2 (by Children 1st)
Summary: The course is a follow up to In Safe Hands Level 1, which explores the legislation, policies, procedures and roles required in a sports organisation to safeguard the children and young people attending. 

ISH2 looks in more detail at some of the well being issues that may present themselves at a sports club from the children and young people in the local community. The course explores how to respond to well being concerns effectively. It also considers how sports organisations can better assess an adult’s suitability to do regulated work, and how to enforce their code of conduct for working with children and young people. 

Attendance at In Safe Hands Level 1 is a requirement for attending In Safe Hands Level 2.
When:   Tuesday 13th September 2016 from 17:30 to 20:30
Where:  Yellow/Blue Room, Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh EH9 1AT

Safeguarding: PVG an Overview (by sportscotland and the SSA)
Summary:  Have a better understand of the PVG legislation.
When:  Wednesday 21 September 2016 from 10:00 to 13:00
Where:  Room 1 & 2 - Caledonia House South Gyle , Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ


With best wishes,
Safeguarding in Sport,
Children 1st


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