This week the NSPCC launch their annual 'Parents in Sport week' which aims to raise awareness of the importance of parents' involvement in youth sport.
During the week they will be sharing guidance on the types of things sports clubs should have in place to keep children safe, how parents can get help with any concerns and how parents' positive behaviour contributes to better experiences of sport for children.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s talk about keeping children safe in sport’.
We know that most sports clubs and organisations have sound policies and procedures in place but parents are often unaware of what they are, how to access them and how they help to protect children.
This year, we're trying to reach as many parents as possible with our information and advice, with the hope that it can open up a dialogue with coaches, clubs and children about how everyone can contribute to safeguarding in sport.
As part of the campaign, we’ll be asking sports parents to make the Sports Parents Promise.
The Promise outlines what we think makes a great sports parent. We hope this will give parents an understanding of how their contribution to their child’s sport helps to make it a safer place. We're asking parents to sign up and make the Promise to their child by the end of Parents in Sport Week 2020.
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Whether you're a great sports parent, or a club or coach, you can help us reach out to more parents. Here's a few ways in which you can support the campaign:
look for #ParentsinSportWeek2020 on social media and share our posts and resources
- Join England National Team Manager Gareth Southgate and make your 'Pledge of Positivity'.
- Talk to your child's club about their safeguarding policy and procedures and share your knowledge with other parents at the club.
- Share your positive sports parenting stories on social media and tag @eastridingfa in to your story.
- Share our information for parents in your club newsletter, and on your blog or website.
- Use Parents in Sport Week as an opportunity to highlight your club's safeguarding policies to parents in an email or newsletter.