Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership is committed to providing safe, enjoyable activities and sporting opportunities for young people and adults at risk.
- We have a moral and a legal obligation to ensure that highest possible standard of care for those children, young people and adults who use our service.
- We believe that children, young people and adults at risk have the right to be safe, secure and free from threat.
- We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and to have their concerns listened to and acted upon.
To this end the following policy documents have been compiled for guidance and to raise awareness for all staff working for the Partnership, whether paid or unpaid.
Safeguarding & COVID-19
This is a really challenging time due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Sports clubs and activities have had to be cancelled and sports organisations are looking at how they can stay in touch with their teams and club members during this time.
The NSPCC has created some useful safeguarding guidance for schools who have introduced remote teaching to keep in touch with students at home.
Further to this guidance, the CPSU (Child Protection in Sport Unit) have provided additional information that may be specific to sports clubs and organisations. You can find this here. Kent Sport have also put together some fantastic resources for online learning, including top tips, checklists and risk assessments.
Childline - We know that not all children are safe from abuse and neglect at home. Teachers, sports coaches and youth leaders see children every week, and develop relationships that mean they can spot when a child may be at risk which is essential to a child receiving the right support and protection from statutory agencies. These safeguards have been removed and there is an increased risks for children to be abused and neglected with the closure of schools and sports clubs. CPSU would encourage all sports promote the Childline details by encouraging use of the Childline logo and links - www.childline.org.uk and Tel: 0800 11 11.
"Childline is for Children only and is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Important update: Because of the coronavirus, Childline have had to make some changes to how Childline works. For now, you can only speak to a Childline counsellor online or on the phone from 9am – midnight".
Th Ann Craft Trust support organisations to safeguard adults and young people at risk and minimise the risk of harm. They have put together advice, tips and resources to keep you and the people you care for safe and informed during lockdown, and beyond. You can access this here.
Are you a young person?
You can contact us about anything. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in. We're here to support you any way we can.
Call our office on 01823 653990 and ask to speak to either Laura Carter or Jane Knowles.
We aren't on the end of the phone 24:7 but you can always call Childline on 0800 1111. Calls to them are free from landlines & mobiles in the UK. And they won't show up on your phone bill. Even if you don't have credit on your mobile phone you can still call them.
Take a look at Childline's Sport and Exercise Info for advice on issues relating to sport.
Remember – Don't let anyone spoil the fun. Sport IS fun – it lets you make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do.
But for a few children, the fun is spoiled by adults who do or say things that hurt or frighten them. What these children are experiencing may be abuse. And they may feel they have no one to talk to about it or that no one will listen to them or believe what they say.
Is something worrying you? Don't keep it to yourself, tell an adult you trust as soon as possible.
Thinkuknow - for online and offline safety advice and support
National Bullying Helpline - for help and advice on bullying in school and online
Childline - support for you online or over the phone
Stonewall - help and advice for LGBTQ+ communities and their allies
Child Protection in Sport Unit
The Child Protection in Sport Unit provides useful resources for safeguarding for sports events; briefing papers and good practice advice; toolkits; standards and frameworks.
They also provide many different learning resources through video clips as well as providing regular updates on different topics that effect everyone in sport.
Ann Craft Trust
The Ann Craft Trust [ACT] supports the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors from across the UK to protect disabled children and adults at risk. They offer training programmes to consultation services, with the goal of improving standards of safeguarding and raise the levels of best practice across health, social care and education.
Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership
The partnership responsible for safeguarding children in Somerset was redesigned as of 29 September 2019, as part of new arrangements introduced nationally. The statutory changes mean that Somerset County Council is no longer the single lead for co-ordinating safeguarding arrangements for children, and there is a tripartite responsibility for safeguarding children in the local area.
Three organisations – the Somerset County Council, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group – now have joint and equal responsibility to safeguard children and young people, under the name of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership.
The new partnership builds on the strong multi-agency working of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board and secures future arrangements for safeguarding and improving outcomes for children and young people. The Somerset Children's Trust has merged with the new safeguarding arrangements for children to create efficiencies, and the new multi-agency partnership will take oversight of the delivery of the Somerset Plan for Children and Young People (2019-2022).
The Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership will work with 'relevant agencies', who have safeguarding responsibilities under Section 11 of 'The Children Act' (2004), as described in 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' (2018).
Further information about the new safeguarding arrangements can be found here.
Adult Safeguarding Resources
The LGA and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Safeguarding Network have worked with key partners to bring together a consolidated list of key safeguarding resources for council, care provider and wider partners' staff. You can access it here.
DBS checks in sport - guidance
The CPSU have put together a webpage which details some useful information with regards to understanding DBS checks in sport and which roles are eligible.
They have also produced a podcast which talks about the basics of DBS checks in sport - listen here.
You can also find further information on the DBS website.
Reporting Concerns / Useful Contacts
SASP Safeguarding Lead - Laura Carter 01823 653990 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset FA County Designated Safeguarding Lead - Shirley Needham 01458 837034 / 07535 664988 / Shirley.Needham@SomersetFA.com
Somerset Cricket Board County Welfare Officer - Ray Hancock 01823 444779 / email@example.com
Somerset RFU County Safeguarding Manager - Tracey Sweetland 07866 405758 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership (and Adult Social Care) - 0300 123 2224
Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership - Early Help Advice Hub on 01823 355803
Childline - 0800 1111
NSPCC helpline - 0808 800 5000