Archery GB safeguarding guide for parents and carers. Archery is fun and safe when we all work together and play our part in creating a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone. Parents, carers and families can provide support whilst Archery GB clubs and organisations can provide fun and friendly sessions in a supportive, open and welcoming environment. This page includes resources and information to help keep archery fun and safe.
Parents and carers are important to our sport at every level. They provide the practical support - purchasing equipment, transportation to club sessions and competitions - and they provide emotional support by helping and encouraging through challenges and setbacks whilst also sharing in the joy of mastering new skills and reaching goals.
Without the time and commitment invested in them by their parents, carers and families, young people and adults at risk would not be able to participate.
This web page provides useful guidance on how you can help to keep your child safe whilst participating in archery, and the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) parents hub has useful information for parents and carers, including a free e-learning course.
Archery GB has a key role in ensuring young people and adults at risk are protected. As the governing body, we follow government legislation and guidance, and our safeguarding standards are scrutinised each year by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
The CPSU helps us to develop and embed safeguarding throughout our sport. We provide support to our network of clubs, counties and regions and communicate legislative changes to our members.
In summary, Archery GB will:
Archery GB clubs/organisations must have a designated person responsible for safeguarding and welfare. They may be called by different titles for example: Child Protection Officer, Safeguarding Officer, Welfare Officer or Junior Representative.
The designated officer should be known to everyone including parents and carers.
When young people join an Archery GB club, parents should be informed of the rules surrounding parental responsibility, e.g. supervision; transportation; late collection. Parents and carers should also be asked for emergency contacts and any health conditions they need to be aware of which would form part of the club risk assessment.
Listed below are some relevant questions to ask your club if they have not already been provided:
Archery GB cannot regulate freelance coaches who operate outside the Archery GB environment. In these instances, we advise you to check that they:
How can you ensure your athlete is safe when they are being instructed by a freelance coach? Questions you should ask yourself:
As above, and additional question:
For more information on good practice see our Policies and Guides section.
To ensure young people and adults at risk are safe whilst being involved in archery activities, it’s important that welfare concerns are reported as quickly as possible to prevent further harm occurring. Furthermore, if you believe poor practice is happening, it should be reported to avoid poor practice escalating to abuse.
Your Club Welfare/Safeguarding Officer or deputy should be contacted if you have concerns about poor practice at your club. In the absence of a Welfare/Safeguarding Officer it may be reported to your Club Secretary.
At a competition the Tournament Organiser should be informed of your concerns, and the Tournament Organiser should contact the Archery GB National Lead Safeguarding Officer.
Concerns relating to athletes participating in the talent pathway, Olympic or Paralympic programmes should be reported to the Team Manager and Archery GB National Lead Safeguarding Officer. However, if the concern is related to the Team Manager, the concern should be reported directly to the Archery GB National Lead Safeguarding Officer.
These must be reported as soon as possible to the Archery GB Safeguarding Team. They can be reported via the online safeguarding report form or alternatively you can contact the Archery GB National Lead Safeguarding Officer: email@example.com
Tel: 01952 602792
If you believe a young person or adult at risk is in danger call 999 and advise the call handler there is a child protection or adult at risk concern. Let the professionals decide if abuse has taken place.
In these cases, the Police, Social Services or Children Social Services will give advice about the next steps, and you will need to report this to your Welfare/Safeguarding Officer who must report it within 24 hours to the Archery GB National Lead Safeguarding Officer.
All reports must be kept confidential.
Parents and carers can encourage young people, and adults at risk to talk to them about worries or concerns.
Childline’s Toolbox Calm Zone provides videos, games, exercises and activities for relieving stress and anxiety, and some children may feel more comfortable talking to other young people such as via Childline’s moderated message boards.
For more information on mental wellbeing, please refer to our mental wellbeing guidance page.
The NSPCC is a national child protection charity which works to prevent child abuse and neglect. They offer advice and support for positive parenting with advice on topics such as mental wellbeing and online safety.
The NSPCC “Talk PANTS” scheme provides parents with tips on helping their children understand the underwear rule and that their body belongs to them, and to tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. Their PANTS guide is also available for parents, carers and families who use Makaton and in other languages including Welsh.
Tel No: 0808 800 5000
Children 1st is Scotland’s national children’s charity. They offer practical, emotional, and financial support to prevent and protect children and their families from harm and to support them to recover from trauma and abuse.
The charity provides a free parent helpline available 7 days a week from 9am until 9pm and 9am until 12pm at weekends.
Children 1st Helpline
Tel: 08000 28 22 33
Childline is a free UK counselling service for young people up to the age of 19. Their helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with trained counsellors to help young people. They also answer emails so that young people can email Childline and a trained counsellor will reply.
Deaf children can also access the service through SignVideo which lets them contact a counsellor through a BSL interpreter.
Tel No: 0800 1111
Family Lives is a UK charity which provides parent and family support with the aim of ensuring parents have somewhere to turn to before they reach crisis point. They provide parenting advice and educational resources to support in areas such as family breakdown, challenging relationships and behaviour, debt, and mental wellbeing.
The charity provides a free helpline service for parents available 7 days a week from 9am until 9pm and 10am until 3pm on weekends. They also have a free online chat available.
Carers Trust is a charity which aims to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They provide advice on financial support, wellbeing and mental health for both adult and young carers.
Their helpline is available Mon – Friday 9am until 5pm.
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is part of the NSPCC and is funded by Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland, Sport Wales, and UK Sport. CPSU work collaboratively with sports and local authorities with the aim of protecting children and ending child abuse. They provide advice and guidance and set standards for safeguarding children in sport which are assessed annually.
The CPSU has some useful resources for parents including this free e-learning course for parents which is located in the Parents Hub section of their website.
Ann Craft Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales which exists to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk. They also work with the CPSU in offering advice and guidance to sporting bodies and local authorities. See the Ann Craft Trust Safer Culture Safer Sport campaign.
Anne Rook - Archery GB National Lead Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 01952 602792
Karen Hodgkiss – Archery GB Safeguarding and Governance Officer
Tel: 01952 602793