Sport, Culture & Leisure

Sport, Culture & Leisure

Sport and cultural services designed for children and families – such as libraries, play schemes and play facilities, parks and gardens, sport and leisure centres, events and attractions, museums and arts centres – are directly provided, purchased or grant aided by local authorities, the commercial sector, and by community and voluntary organisations. Staff, volunteers and contractors who provide these services have various degrees of contact with children who use them, and appropriate arrangements need to be in place. These should include:

  • procedures for staff and others to report concerns they may have, about the children they meet, which are in line with What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused  and LSCB procedures, as well as arrangements such as those described above; and
  • appropriate codes of practice for staff, particularly sports coaches, such as the codes of practice issued by national governing bodies of sport, the Health and Safety Executive or the local authority.

Sports organisations can also seek advice on child protection issues from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), while third sector organisations can also seek advice from the Safe Network.