October 03, 2023

Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport week: Advice for parents

For Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport week, we're sharing advice and resources for parents and carers to help keep children safe and happy in archery.

Run by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport is a national, year-round campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the important role parents play in supporting their child in sport.

Alongside the year-round campaign, a focus week takes place during the first week of October to launch new resources and guidance for parents and carers.

As part of the campaign, parents are asked to think and learn about 3 key areas of being involved in their child’s sport:

Getting involved

From showing an interest in the rules of the game to post-game support and the occasional bit of cheerleading, we know that children enjoy sport the most when parents are engaged in what they do.

Being supportive

The rises and falls of sport and achievement can be an emotional experience for children and it’s important that the adults around them can support them in a positive way. Negative feedback from adults can take the enjoyment out of sport for children. Equally, positive feedback can help them to celebrate success and stay active and engaged with sport.

Keeping children safe

Understanding the safeguards that should be in place in all sports is vital. All parents and carers should feel empowered with the knowledge of what makes a sport club safe for their child to enjoy, how to spot poor practice or abuse and who to turn to if they do have worries about their child or anyone else in sport.

To celebrate this year’s campaign, the NSPCC CPSU has launched a new video resource called “My No.1 Fan” which features real families, talking about what positive parental behaviour and support means to them and how negative behaviour can impact children’s enjoyment of sport. You can watch the video below:

As well as this new film, the NSPCC CPSU hosts a wealth of resources and information for parents and carers on their Parents’ Hub, including a free e-learning course on keeping children safer in sport, videos, podcasts, and factsheets.

To find out more about being your child’s biggest supporter and how to get involved with the campaign, click the button below:

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