NWG Network has launched a campaign focusing on abuse and exploitation in the sport and leisure industries.
This campaign is encouraging people to speak up with any concerns they may have – however small – about those working with children and young people in sports clubs and leisure centres.
It is also urging clubs and venues to ensure they are on top of their game when it comes to safeguarding.
As part of the campaign, NWG Network is urging clubs to:
- Check the safeguarding requirements of their insurance policy.
- Review the training staff receive. Make it compulsory, if it is not already.
- Ensure staff know what “low-level concerns” are and how to address them.
- Ensure safeguarding starts from top-down, and that everyone understands that we all have a part to play.
Don’t Let Low Level Concerns Escalate
Kevin Murphy, NWG Network’s Safeguarding in Sport lead, said:
Abuse and exploitation are areas that people can often feel uncomfortable talking about. They may find it difficult to raise minor concerns that others will view them as a trouble-maker. People may also worry about false accusations.
But if we take these low-level problems seriously, we can act on them before they escalate.
A quiet word with those in charge at the club now could stop a potential abuser in their tracks. Or, if you feel you can’t approach the club, call police on 101 to report non-urgent concerns.
Say Something If You See Something – How To Support The Campaign
NWG Network has created a range of resources to share on social media, and within your wider network.