Child Protection - Minimum Operating Requirements for Sports Clubs
The Child Protection in Sport Service is a partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland. The service helps sporting organisations to put safeguards in place to keep children and young people safe. The service has devised a set of Minimum Operating Requirements that sports clubs should have in place and these are as follows:
- A named contact for the co-ordination of child protection within the club who has attended recommended training.
- A Child Protection Policy which reflects national guidelines, adopted by the Management Committee of the club.
- A Code of Conduct for working with children and young people.
- A procedure for responding to concerns about the welfare or abuse of a child-within or out with sport.
- A disciplinary procedure for managing concerns and allegations of poor practice, misconduct and child abuse and includes provision for referrals to the 'Disqualified from Working with Children List'.
- A procedure for the recruitment and selection of those who work with children and young people, including access to Disclosure Scotland Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks.
- A variety of child protection training offered at appropriate levels for those working or volunteering with children and young people in sport.
- A procedure for reviewing the management of concerns about poor practice, misconduct and/or child abuse.
For further resources and templates in relation to these Minimum Operating Requirements, please view the Child Protection in Sport Service website: www.childprotectioninsport.org.uk
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