The welfare of children and young people is vital to the Cornwall Sports Partnership. For that reason we have tried to make these pages as user-friendly as possible by providing the information in a downloadable format.
Safeguarding update 2017
We are very pleased to be able to report that Tracey Crouch, Sports Minister, announced on Thursday 16th November at DCMS that she has secured ministerial agreement to change the law on positions of trust to include sports coaches.
Anne Tiivas, Head of NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit, said: "It's hard to believe but, at present, there are no laws to stop a sports coach or youth worker having sex with 16- and 17-year-old children in their care. We know that some sports coaches spend years grooming young people and then, as soon as their 16th birthday comes around, they target them for sex. Ever since the football abuse scandal broke, we have been strongly urging government to close this loophole that leaves children in sports, and other out-of-school, clubs vulnerable to adults who want to prey on them. This announcement is a much-needed step in the right direction but we are keen to hear more about their plans. We will not rest until the Government makes this change which will protect children up and down the country."
A new Child Protection in Sport e-learning course designed for staff and volunteers in sport is now available.
The course (priced £20 pp) is for anyone working or volunteering in sport who comes into contact with children and young people.
The course is particularly suited to volunteers and staff who may have occasional or irregular contact with children, and who are not required to attend face to face safeguarding workshops.
For those who have regular contact with children, like sports coaches, the course can provide a useful precursor to more advanced face-to-face training that is more appropriate to their role and may be a mandatory requirement by their NGB. The e-learning course is not intended to replace face-to-face workshops or courses for individuals whose role require this.
Further information regarding this course is available in the document below.
More info on Safeguarding
A range of new safeguarding training courses and learning opportunities have been developed in recent years, from basic to advanced level and including the new online CPSU course.
The link below should help you decide which is the most relevant training for you but please also make sure you adhere to the minimum standard from your National Governing Body.
Cornwall Sports Partnership is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people engaged in sporting activities locally. It aims to contribute to safeguarding children and young people by:
- Meeting and sustaining the Standards for Safeguarding & Protecting Children in Sport through the Child Protection in Sport Unit.
- Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when core staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes for children and young people.
- Working with partners to establish and implement agreed consistent minimum safeguarding standards for sports activities locally.
- Requiring those individuals or organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide any services for children and young people to effectively address safeguarding requirements.
- Maximising its influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within its wider partnership roles and relationships.
It is widely accepted that all children and young people have a right to protection and it is the responsibility of every adult employed by or associated with the CSP to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from abuse.
The CSP undertakes to ensure that every effort is made to safeguard all those who participate in any activities organised by or associated with the CSP.
Should you wish to discuss anything further then please do not hesitate to get in touch by contacting Tim Marrion on 01872 323338 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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