New Standards for child protection in sport released.

Children’s safety and well-being in sport are being further strengthened with the introduction of a new approach developed by Sportscotland and Children 1st which is rights-based and child-centred.

The new Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport build on the current safeguarding system to include measures to create cultures in sport for children that promote, support and safeguard their wellbeing and enhance the existing Minimum Operating Requirements (MORs), which have been in place for more than eight years.

The Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport have been developed by Safeguarding in Sport – a partnership between Sportscotland and Children 1st – to enable sports organisations to adopt best practice, values and behaviour in this critical area for children.

Linda Jardine, Interim Director of Children and Family Services at Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, said: “Sport can make a fantastic difference to children’s lives and every child should be able to enjoy sport safely.

"Children 1st and Sportscotland’s Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport have been developed to help all sports organisations place children at the centre of everything they do. By continually improving their culture and practices in line with the Standards, organisations will create a safer and happier environment for all children to get the most out of sport.

“Volunteer and professional coaches are very often trusted role models for thousands of children in Scotland and can play a crucial role in keeping them safe. The Standards place a particular importance on giving children a voice in their sporting organisation. This will help to create a culture where children feel valued and able to speak up and where adults listen and respond to children’s needs.

See the full Standards and Protection in Sport document.


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