Creating an environment for our athletes to excel
Safeguarding at the 2016 School Games is in place to ensure that all participating athletes enjoy their experience and have an opportunity to maximise their performance within a safe competitive sporting environment.
Working with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), the 2016 School Games has a Safeguarding Plan that is developed annually in order to reflect the needs and support given by the host city but that also;
• Supports the sharing of best practice and education in safeguarding.
• Raises the standards in safeguarding practice and welfare planning for events across the sports sector.
• Builds on the learning from previous events to aspire to a ‘gold standard’ in terms of safeguarding to ensure young people are safe and enjoy their involvement in the 2016 School Games.
The Safeguarding Plan has been developed by working with each of the sporting governing bodies.
This Safeguarding Plan is underpinned by the following principles, which have been agreed with all involved in its development:
• The welfare of the athletes and all young people is paramount.
• All competitors and young volunteers, whatever their age, gender, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs, sexual identity or disability, have equal rights to safety and protection from harm.
• All suspicions, concerns or allegations of harm arising from the event, within the sport or outside of the sport, will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Athletes, young officials and young volunteers:
Everyone involved in the 2016 School Games takes their responsibility for young people under the age of 18 seriously and are keen to support any concerns or issues that may arise during your participation at the event.
The 2016 School Games seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides you with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport. To make sure your experience is a positive one we want to make sure you know what to do if you wish to talk to anyone or are worried about anything at the event.
Athlete Code of Conduct
Link to ChildLine
The 2016 School Games aims to provide the highest standard of care to the athletes to ensure they enjoy the event and create great memories for the future. If at any time you are worried about your child or wish to talk about any concerns that you or your child has please contact the relevant person for a discussion.
The 2016 School Games is a unique sporting event for young people of school age that have reached a national or regional standard in their chosen sport. You will have an opportunity to watch the next generation of sports stars and see their commitment to their personal performance and potential sporting career. Spectators are encouraged to support all young people in the 2016 School Games in a positive manner and encourage the spirit of fair play. If you have any concerns regarding a young person or adult involved in the event please contact the relevant person for a discussion.
Congratulations on being appointed to the 2016 School Games, we hope you will enjoy your role and maximise your own opportunities to develop personal and professional skills. You are a crucial part of safeguarding at the 2016 School Games as you will be involved with aspects of the event ‘in the field of play’ and ‘back of house’. Please observe and listen to all that is going on in your area and if anything you see or hear should cause you a concern, please contact the relevant person to discuss this concern.