Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport is a national, year-round campaign run by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (NSPCC CPSU) which aims to raise awareness of the important role parents play in keeping their child safe and happy in sport.
Each year in October (2-6), there is a focus week to launch new resources for parents and bring messages to life with stories from parents, young people and coaches.
As part of the campaign, we're asking parents to think and learn about 3 key areas of being involved in their child’s sport:
From showing an interest in the rules of the game to post-game support and the occasional bit of cheerleading, we know that children enjoy sport the most when parents are engaged in what they do.
The rises and falls of sport and achievement can be an emotional experience for children and it’s important that the adults around them can support them in a positive way. Negative feedback from adults can take the enjoyment out of sport for children. Equally, positive feedback can help them to celebrate success and stay active and engaged with sport.
Keeping children safe
Parents are vital to the safeguards that should be in place in all sports. All parents should feel empowered with the knowledge of what makes a sport club safe for their child to enjoy, how to spot poor practice or abuse and who to turn to if they do have worries about their child or anyone else in sport.
Parents involved in grassroots football can take the Safeguarding Awareness for Parents/Carers Course below. It's completely free, and only takes 30 minutes to complete.
Safeguarding Awareness for Parents/Carers Course
To celebrate this year’s campaign, the NSPCC CPSU will be launching a brand-new video resource called “My No.1 Fan” which will feature real families, talking about what positive parental behaviour and support means to them and how negative behaviour can impact children’s enjoyment of sport.
As well as this new film, the NSPCC CPSU hosts a wealth of resources and information for parents on our Parents’ Hub, including a free e-learning course for parents on keeping children safer in sport, videos, podcasts, and factsheets.
To find out more about being your child’s biggest supporter and how to get involved with the campaign, visit thecpsu.org.uk/parents