We are committed to providing a safe place for athletes to excel, and the 2022 School Games will have safeguarding procedures in place to ensure that all participating athletes enjoy their experience.
We want young athletes to have the opportunity to maximise their performance and experience a large sporting event, within a safe competitive sporting environment.
Working in partnership with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), each of the sporting governing bodies, Youth Sport Trust, the event organiser, and the host venue, the 2022 School Games has a Safeguarding Plan which is developed to meet the safeguarding and welfare needs of under 18’s.
The safeguarding plan raises the standards in safeguarding practice and welfare planning for events across the sports sector. It also builds on the learning from previous events to aspire to a ‘gold standard’, ensuring young people are safe and enjoy their involvement in the 2022 School Games.
It is underpinned by the following principles:
- The welfare of the athletes and all young people is paramount.
- All competitors and young volunteers, whatever their age, gender/gender reassignment, culture, language, racial origin, disability, religious beliefs, or sexual identity have equal rights to safety and protection from harm.
- All suspicions, concerns, or allegations of harm arising from the event, within the sport or outside of the sport, will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
Young People (Athletes, Young Officials, and Young Volunteers)
Everyone involved in the School Games National Finals takes their responsibility for young people under the age of 18 seriously and are keen to support any concerns or issues that may arise during your participation at the event. The 2022 School Games seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that not only provides you with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels, but encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport. To make sure your experience is a positive one, we want to ensure you know what to do if you wish to talk to anyone, or are worried about anything at the event.
Parents and Guardians
The School Games National Finals aims to provide the highest standard of care to the athletes to ensure they enjoy the event and create great memories for the future. If, at any time, you are worried about your child or wish to discuss any concerns that you (or your child) has, please contact the relevant person for support.
The National Finals is a unique sporting event for young people of school age who have reached a national or regional standard in their chosen sport. You will have an opportunity to watch the next generation of sports stars and see their commitment to their personal performance and potential sporting career. Spectators are encouraged to support all young competitors in a positive manner and encourage the spirit of fair play. If you have any concerns regarding a young person or adult involved in the event, please contact the relevant person for advice.
Team Staff and Adults Involved
Congratulations on being appointed to the 2022 School Games; we hope you will enjoy your role and maximise the opportuniy to develop your personal and professional skills. You are a crucial part of safeguarding at the event, as you will be involved with aspects of the event ‘in the field of play’ and ‘back of house’.
Please observe and listen to all that is going on in your area; if you see or hear anything which causes you concern, please contact the relevant person to discuss this concern.
Outside of the National Finals Weekend
If you have a concern during the National Finals weekend, please go through the relevant National Governing Body or speak directly with any of the safeguarding officers present at the event who will be wearing a green t-shirt/hoodie.