Safeguarding in Sport remains top of the agenda in Cornwall
On the Evening of Wednesday 14th November and during the day of Thursday 15th November over 50 people from different sport and physical activity organisations in Cornwall came together to prioritise safeguarding in sport and to ensure ALL young people in Cornwall get the opportunity to be physically active in a safe child friendly environment.
The seminars were arranged by the Cornwall Sports Partnership as part of the UK's Anti Bullying Week, to influence the sport and physical sector to keep safeguarding at the top of their agenda.
Tim Marrion Safeguarding lead at the CSP had this to say: "It was great to see so many organisations from National Governing Bodies to traditional sports club to leisure centres to individual providers all giving up their time to discuss this important topic. At the CSP we are sure that all that attended left better informed, well-educated and with practical tips on how they can make their safeguarding procedures more robust."
The seminars were even more successful due to the calibre of the subject specialists that presented. These were Jude Toasland who has a national remit from the Child Protection in Sport Unit and Annabel Timmins the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) from Cornwall Council.
Following her trip down to Cornwall Jude said: "The Child Protection in Sport Unit was pleased to support the safeguarding developments within sport and physical activity in Cornwall. Cornwall Sport Partnership play an important part in supporting sports organisations to keep children safe as they engage with sport in Cornwall.
By providing training, resources and information, and linking with statutory agencies within Cornwall, both parents and children can be more confident that they can safely participate in sport."
The evening challenged the attending organisations to work more on prevention and ensure the voice of the child is heard. Cornwall's LADO Annabel Timmins commented: "I was delighted to have the opportunity to be involved in the Safeguarding in Sport seminar. The response from the delegates was really positive about how they are going to include the Children's Rights Agenda, make their own organisations safer and respond to concerns when they arise. There seemed to be a real motivation from all involved to make sport a safe place for children in Cornwall."
After completed a number of case scenarios and discussing how they would deal with these real situations all individuals left the seminars pledging to go back to their organisation and ensure all their policies and procedures are up to date and fully embedded across all the work they do.
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