Thousands of activities for children happen each day up and down the UK and the vast majority of these happen in a safe environment. However as parents ourselves, I wanted to provide a guide for parents and guardians when involving children in sport.
At HerMoJo, we take child safety very seriously. Sport should be fun, safe and inclusive for all.
HerMoJo advertises but unfortunately cannot individually vet all classes which are displayed for children on the site. As a parent or guardian it is your duty of care to ensure that your child is safe and you can do that by following the following guidelines:
- Always check that the coach or instructor holds a fully, up-to-date DBS check.
- Any class advertised on any website, including HerMoJo should be fully vetted by you and the venue should never be a private address.
- All sports clubs should have a Child Welfare Officer, make sure you know who they are and that they have your contact details.
- The Child Welfare Officer is there to discuss any concerns you may have in a confidential and discreet manner.
- Anybody who is responsible for the coaching or instructing of your child should have been on appropriate safeguarding courses, which will strongly recommend that they should not be left alone with a child and therefore will not be able to offer lifts home, unless there is another adult present and as a parent, you have given written permission.
- Ensure that the sports club is affiliated to their national governing body. Each governing body will have their own safeguarding policies and should be displayed on their website.
- Ensure that when you drop your child off at the activity, especially if you are early, there is supervision and that they are collected in a timely manner.
- If you have given your child written permission to walk home, it is a really good idea to ensure that they wear reflectors, if it is dark.
- If your child is old enough to use social media, advise them not to connect to any of the adult coaches individually.