Child Protection information for Young Athletes

Welfare Officer : Leo Lanahan  welfare@shettlestonharriers.org.uk

Don’t let anyone spoil the fun.

Sport is fun – it gives you the chance to meet new friends, try new activities, get fit and amaze yourself with what you can do!

For a few children adults or other children who do or say things during sporting activities that hurt or frighten them spoil the fun. What is happening to these children may be abuse. The child 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?

If you think that you may be being abused, or if you are not sure but feel worried or frightened speak to an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be

  •  A parent or someone else in your family; another coach; a teacher; your doctor or school nurse.
  • By contacting one of the helplines below
  • The Club Child protection officer – ask your parent or carer let you know who I am.

Make sure you are not alone again with the person who has tried to harm you.

Helplines:

Childline     call on 0800 1111

Is the free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.

NSPCC Child Protection     call on 0800 800 5000

Another 24-hour helpline. Calls are free unless you call from a mobile phone. There is a textphone service for anyone with hearing difficulties on 0800 056 0566

Websites:

www.childline.org.uk

www.bullying.co.uk

www.There4me.com  – this is the NSPCC site for teenagers aged 12- 16.  There’s onscreen advice on topics including bullying, abuse, relationships, exams and drugs. If you’d prefer a confidential private session, you can talk 1 – 2 – 1 online in real time with an NSPCC adviser.

Track Etiquette

Please see the Crownpoint Track Etiquette