Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport
Safe Sport is Good Sport and Safe Children are Happy Children
Children do sport because they enjoy it. Bottom line.
All of us around them should ensure that the environment we create around youth sport safeguards and protects children rights and wellbeing above everything else.
Winning, losing or getting better, does not even come into the picture if sport is not a safe place.
In this section we will hear from world experts about the best ways to safeguard and protect children in sport.
We will also signpost you to existing materials and resources created by these experts to help you create safe environments where kids can enjoy themselves and learn to love sport.
The all too familiar sights (above) at the side of a kid’s sports competition, and the sounds to match. As an interested observer and listener I find it really interesting to watch and listen to these coaches, and I do wonder…which of the instructions, if any, do the players hear or process?...have the kids been supported and prepared for the situation they’re in, if so much instruction is needed?... and is the communication from the ‘side-lines’ helping the kids develop their decision making ability for the longer term?
Doping in youth sport is on the increase. Period. However, we know that certain strategies can help young athletes steer away from the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. Dr Kelsey Erickson from Leeds Beckett University (England) shows us how her research indicates that parents and their attitudes have a great role to play in their offsprings' beliefs, and most importantly, actions about doping. Time to parent up!
When we think about doping in sport we tend to think about the high profile cases we have seen in the news over the years affecting athletes at the top of professional and Olympic sport, but do we ever think about what goes on in youth sport? Should we? Dr Lisa Whitaker from Leeds Beckett University thinks we should! This may be the most important blog you have read for quite some time.
Parents are the biggest resource available to coaches. Yet, they can also become a 'bone of contention' in your daily practice. In this blog Spanish acclaimed author, coach and sport psychologist Chema Buceta explains the motivations behind parents behaviours and encourages coaches and clubs to take responsibility to support and educate them. Priceless!
Mistakes happen. Children, coaches and parents get upset. In this blog, coach and youth sport researcher Sergio Lara-Bercial opens his heart and soul to us to reveal his own struggles with keeping emotions in check and the strategy he has developed to get better at it.
In this blog USA-based Changing the Game Project founder John O'Sullivan analyses the current picture of youth sport and takes us back to basics. He argues that if we keep our focus on what draws kids towards sport in the first place - enjoyment - we cannot stray too far from the right path. Wise words.
As a part of their work against sexual harassment and abuse in sport, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) has produced five short films. The films are intended to make it easier to address the topics of sexual harassment and abuse in federations, clubs etc., and are available for free.
To watch the videos click here
This video produced by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK shows several children involved in different sports describing how the behaviour of parents/spectators deteriorates when they wear their 'magic sports kit' -- i.e. when they compete. They talk about a range of bad adult behaviours and how these negatively impact on them. They then describe and promote positive behaviour. We must listen to them and act accordingly!
Sports Coach UK and Sport Scotland have developed this great animation detailing the 'Youth Physical Development Model' and what this means for the development of 'Fundamental Movement Skills'.
This research was commissioned by the CPSU for the purpose of safeguarding children and young people in sport and leisure facilities. Titled 'Summary of child development ages 8-11 years for the purposes of safeguarding children in sport and leisure facilities, this research details changes in children's cognitive, moral, social and physical development. Children develop at their own individual pace and some may mature more quickly in some areas of development than in others.
The report was authored by Dr Vicky Lovett of Swansea University
This enlightening research article, titled 'Is my kid doing too much sport?' – How to reduce the risk of overtraining syndrome and overuse injury in young athletes, defines overuse injuries and overtraining syndrome and looks at how prevalent these both are in youth athletes today. It details the signs and symptoms to look out for and how to reduce the risk or overuse injury and overtraining syndrome in young athletes.
The article has been written by world-authorities in the topic Dr. Rhodri S Lloyd (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Dr. Paul Read (St Mary's University London) for the Child Protection in Sport Unit
Sexual abuse and sexual harassment are completely incompatible with the values of sports
and there is Zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment irrespective of gender, ethnic
background, religious faith, sexual orientation and disability in Norwegian sports. This document outlines key guidance to prevent sexual harassment and abuse in sport.
These safeguards outline the things that should be put in place by any organisation providing sports activities to children and young people.
The International safeguards for children in sport should be viewed as guides, which facilitate an organisation’s journey towards safeguarding children, rather than an end in themselves.
They reflect international declarations, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, relevant legislation, government guidance, existing child protection and safeguarding standards, and good practice.
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The What is Inclusion eBook is all about explaining and demystifying what is inclusion as it relates to people with disability and sport. The four contributors to this eBook (Martin Mansell, Eli Wolff, Steffi de Jong and Hamish Macdonald) have decades of experience between them and, in these interview transcripts, offer insights and practical advice that will further your understanding of inclusion.
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In this eBook seven world leading practitioners explain what they do to create welcoming environments for people with disability where they work. The first point of contact is very important and can make or break inclusion. Discover more...
Another great infographic from Believe Perform offering wise advice for parents turned coaches. At your own risk!
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children grow and develop and what that means for our sessions.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand what children want from sport and how to give it to them.
sportscotland and the Winning Scotland Foundation, in cooperation with the Positive Coaching Alliance, have developed a national programme called Positive Coaching Scotland (PSC). PSC aims to culturally transform the way coaching is delivered to create a more positive environment and to support the development of life-skills through sport.