Christians in Sport recognise the importance of our work with young people and responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care. We recognise that:
· We all have a responsibility to help prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of young people (those under 18 years of age) and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect.
· We believe every young person should be valued, safe and happy. We want to make sure that young people we have contact with know this and are empowered to tell us if they are suffering harm.
· All young people have the right to be treated with respect, to be listened to and to be protected from all forms of abuse.
· We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of all those who will work with young people.
Christians in Sport are committed to the safeguarding of young people and ensuring their well-being and as part of our mission of ‘reaching the world of sport for Christ’. We are committed to the following:
· Following the requirements for UK legislation in relation to safeguarding young people and good practice recommendations.
· Respecting the rights of young people as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
· Implementing the requirements of legislation regarding young people with disabilities.
· Ensuring that staff, leaders and volunteers adhere to the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policy.
· Keeping up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding.
· Supporting the Safeguarding Leads and Officers in their work and in any action they may need to take in order to protect young people.
· Ensuring that everyone agrees to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by Christians in Sport.
· Supporting parents and families.
· Nurturing, protecting and safeguarding young people.
· Supporting, resourcing, training, monitoring and providing supervision to all those who undertake this work.
· Supporting all in Christians in Sport affected by abuse.
· Adopting and following the ‘Safe and Secure’ safeguarding standards developed by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS).
· Children’s Social Services (or equivalent) has lead responsibility for investigating all allegations or suspicions of abuse where there are concerns about a child.
· Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed then the police should be contacted as a matter of urgency.
· Where working outside of the UK, concerns will be reported to the appropriate agencies in the country in which we operate, and their procedures followed, and in addition our staff/leaders will report concerns to the Christians in Sport office.
· Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.
A copy of the full policy is available on request from the Christians in Sport office. Click here to email for a request.
We will review this statement and our policy and procedures annually.