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Safeguarding Matters

Supporting parents to choose a club

It is the right of any parent or carer to check how well a sports club is run, for the sake of their child’s safety and their own peace of mind. If you want to support parents to choose a good club for their child, here is some guidance you can give, and questions they can ask.

A well-run club will welcome questions about their activities and policies. They will know they have a responsibility to give this kind of information to anyone who leaves a child in their care.

 Are staff and volunteers appropriately qualified and suitable to work with children?

 Does the organisation have a child protection policy?

 If you or your child have any worries, who can you talk to?

 Does the organisation have a written code of behaviour/conduct?

 What about arrangements for away fixtures and other events?

 What training has been provided for staff and volunteers?

 Does the club have a clear health and safety policy?

 Would they be able to contact me in an emergency?

Sport England’s Clubmark is a cross-sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right club for their young people. Search: kent sport clubmark, kent sport parents advice, club matters club-mark

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If you are asked to host, work with, or promote a local club, or want to signpost parents to local clubs, Clubmark can be the first port of call for identifying their suitability. If a club does not have Clubmark, the questions listed can still provide assurances.

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