Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week
Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Week takes place from 2 to 6 October 2023.
Formerly known as Parents in Sport Week, the campaign will aim to help parents understand their crucial safeguarding role in their child's sport.
Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport is a national, year-round campaign run by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (NSPCC CPSU) which aims to raise awareness of the important role parents play in keeping their child safe and happy in sport.
Alongside the year-round campaign, a focus week takes place during the first week of October to highlight the campaign and launch new resources and guidance for parents and carers. This focus week brings to life the campaign messages with stories from parents, young people, and coaches.
To celebrate this year’s campaign, the NSPCC CPSU will be launching a brand-new film called “My No.1 Fan” which will feature real families, talking about what positive parental behaviour and support means to them and how negative behaviour can impact children’s enjoyment of sport.
To find out more about being your child’s biggest supporter and how to get involved with the campaign, visit thecpsu.org.uk/parents
The focus for 2023
This year, the Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport campaign will focus on the following 3 areas:
Parents and carers play an important role in influencing their child's enjoyment and experience of sport through their feedback, actions and support. Not all children need the same involvement from their parents or carers. What involvement would they like you to have and how can you get involved in their sporting journey?
Sport can be an emotional experience for children, their adults, and coaches. Feedback from parents and carers greatly influences how a child perceives their ability, enjoys their sport, and feels motivated to continue participating.
Keeping children safe
It's important that parents and carers feel confident to raise any worries or concerns they may have at their child's sports club or activity. Asking questions about safeguarding policies and procedures should also be commonplace. The NSPCC CPSU have resources to help equip you with this knowledge.
Check out the NSPCC's new film on what having parents involved in their sport means to young people and find out more about being a great sports parent here:
Be Their No 1 Fan
Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport E-Learning Course
The Parent's Hub