Safeguarding is vital for any sport or recreation organisation.
Safeguarding refers to the process of protecting children and adults to provide safe and effective care. This includes all procedures designed to prevent harm.
Safeguarding and child protection are different. Child protection is part of the safeguarding process, protecting children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes the child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2015) states that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Working Together outlines the duties of all organisations that work with children.
You can find out more on the Child Protection in Sport Unit website. The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. In Scotland there is a similar partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland.
Another important aspect of safeguarding is protecting adults. In this context vulnerable adults are those who have health or social care needs (irrespective of whether or not those needs are being met by social care) and who are unable to safeguard themselves as a result.
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