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Codes of conduct are important as they set out expected behaviours. They are more than a list of what can and cannot be done; they are a shared set of agreed and acceptable behaviours that help to create and maintain a positive, fun and safe…
Ideally, clubs/organisations should develop a policy for the use of changing facilities and showers to reduce the risk of both child-to-child and adult-to-child misconduct or abuse. Children are particularly vulnerable in these areas as they are in…
The medical form should be completed before the child leaves for a long trip or overnight event. It should be kept by the accompanying adults in case of an emergency and must be kept confidential. In some countries, children cannot be given…
This is a template for a referral form to report safeguarding incidents to outside organisations, such as the police or child protection services. If a referral is made by phone, a referral form should always be subsequently completed and sent, so…
Codes of conduct are important as they set out expected behaviours. They are more than a list of what can and cannot be done; they are a shared set of agreed and acceptable behaviours that help to create and maintain a positive, fun and safe…
Travelling to away games and tournaments should be both safe and fun for children. Parents and carers will often worry when their children are away, but careful planning and preparation should help to ease those worries and demonstrate that you have…
The artcile "The Child Protection in Sport Unit – Supporting National Governing Bodies in Hearing the Voices of Children: An Evaluation of Current Practice" by Suzanne Everley was published in Child Abuse Review (Vol.29. Iss.2), March/April 2020, pp…
Although a general risk assessment should be conducted every year, it is always useful to conduct a risk assessment when there is a specific event, such as an overnight trip or a tournament, as it is likely that there will be particular issues to…
Photographs, films, video clips and social media are a great way to publicise football activities and programmes. They can be used to celebrate achievements, promote activities and keep people updated. Footage might also be recorded for performance …
Abuse and harm can occur anywhere, both within and outside the family and club/organisation. Children may be harmed or abused by professionals, volunteers, carers, family members and other children. Children can be harmed in many ways, and often…