Parents play many roles in their children’s athletics journey: taxi driver, nutritionist, psychologist, photographer, equipment sponsor and lots more, and we are always proud to celebrate this. Likewise, there are so many amazing parent helpers at clubs who perhaps first got involved when their child joined an athletics club and are still involved many years later, either on committees or filling other vital roles – we thank you all!
It is great to see children of all ages and abilities taking part in, and enjoying athletics, which is a terrific way to keep them active and healthy, teach them new skills and help them make new friends.
This year’s #ParentsinSportWeek (4-10 October) is about how we can work together to keep your children safe in sport, highlighting where parents can find more information and the tools they need to be part of the bigger safeguarding picture in sport.
England Athletics wants parents to feel confident that they know how to keep their children safe within our sport and ensure they are working with their club on standards, which support volunteers to create well-governed and safe environments. This includes checking what health and safety and safeguarding measures are in place, for example, ensuring DBS checks are completed, that clubs are only using licensed coaches and there are agreements in place on how coaches and others contact their children.
We encourage parents to question things they see and hear at clubs, competitions or events and speak out should they have any concerns about poor practice or abuse. Details of how to contact your club’s welfare officer will be available on individual club websites and within the code of conduct you received when your child joined their athletics club.
The importance of parental support within the lives of young athletes cannot be underestimated. Navigating the range of different challenges athletics entails can be difficult, however, with the right knowledge, education and support, we can work together towards creating a safer sporting environment.
Links to useful resources and further information:
- Club standards
- UKA and Home Countries Club Safeguarding Code of Conduct
- Club safeguarding webinar
- Child safeguarding policy (PDF 230kB)
- Reporting safeguarding concerns
- Reporting a serious misconduct concern
- Club Welfare Officer: Roles and Responsibilities (PDF 50kB)
- UKA and Home Countries Parent and Carer Code of Conduct
- UKA and Home Countries Children and Young People Code of Conduct
- Child safeguarding procedures (PDF 270kB)
- Safeguarding regulations (PDF 200kB)
- England Athletics Podcast – how can we support parents, athletes, coaches and officials
- Advice and support regarding Club and Athlete Compliance and Wellbeing matters can be obtained by contacting
Abbie Cranage – England Athletics Club Standards and Compliance Officer email@example.com or call 07920 532553.
- Advice and support regarding Safeguarding/Child Protection concerns or UKA Licensed Coach/Official concerns can be obtained by contacting
Angus Macdonald firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07920 532552.
- Advice and support regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) enquiries can be obtained by contacting
Laura Mottershead – UKA Welfare Administrator email@example.com or call 0121 713 8450.
- Contact the NSPCC via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0808 800 5000. Under-18s call the NSPCC child help line at 0800 1111