Safeguarding Children and Young people

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, both physical and emotional, of every child and adult at risk, who participate in activities either directly organised by us or through a third party working collaboratively with us.  


Active Black Country recognise that safeguarding is about more than just policies and procedures and as such ensures all members of staff are checked and undertake Safeguarding and Protecting Children training. 

If you need help or support, please contact one of the following:

ChildLine

0800 1111

NSPCC

0800 800 5000

CPSU

0116 2347200

cpsu@nspcc.org.uk

Children's Services

Out of Hours

Dudley

0300 555 0050

0300 555 8574

Sandwell

0121 569 3100

0121 569 3100

Walsall

0300 555 2866

0300 555 2922

Wolverhampton

01902 555 392

01902 552 999


If you believe someone is in immediate danger, you must call the police on 999.


Black Country Consortium Ltd


The Black Country Consortium Ltd is the accountable body for the Active Black Country Partnership.


 To view the Black Country Consortium Ltd Statement of Intent, click here.


View or download the Black Country Consortium Ltd Safeguarding Policy:      

                               Safeguarding Policy


We run a selection of courses, including Safeguarding and Protecting Children.  Click here to view our current list of courses.


Safeguarding & Protecting Children                                                                                                                   
Child Protection in Sport Unit has a self-assessment tool which organisations can use to check that they are doing everything they can to keep children and young people safe in sport. The tool will take you through the standards for safeguarding children in sport developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit. There are simple questions for each of the nine standards elements which will help you assess what your organisation still needs to do. There is an information pack to guide you through each step in a bit more detail.

The CPSU website provides information, guidance and good practice to ensure all sports organisations have access to the resources they need to safeguard children. It features a free resource library containing video clips, best practice, template forms, policies and toolkits, all of which will help organisations ensure they have the right safeguards in place. Click here to visit the website.


I'm Involved - Free e-learning course
Whether you're a sports coach, club volunteer or committee member – or otherwise involved in delivering youth sport – I'm Involved - The CPSU's free e-learning training course is for you.  This e-learning course will guide you through why, what and how to effectively involve children and young people in decisions that affect them.  It should take around 20/30 minutes to complete.  Click here fore more information.


Revised guidance: Working together to safeguard children 2018
For those of you who haven't seen the revisions to the Working together guidance yet, CPSU have summarised the key points for sport on their website

On Line Safety – New support and guidance from the NSPCC
The NSPCC has produced a new e-learning training tool to keep you up-to-date on teaching children the principles of online safety, helping to prevent abuse from happening. Click here for more information.  

NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign
The NSPCC have launched a campaign called ‘Share Aware’.  The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 – the age at which they  start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices.  The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.

For more information visit www.nspcc.org.uk/shareaware.

DBS Update
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has produced 2 YouTube videos, one aimed at applicants and one aimed at employers, to show you how the Update Service can work for you. They can be viewed here (employers) and here (applicants).  

DBS Checks in Sport - Working with Children - the latest updates

Ann Craft Trust
The Ann Craft Trust is a useful resource designed to assist you in achieving best practice in safeguarding; to understand how legislation applies to adults in sport and activity; and to know, beyond the legal requirements, the best practice for keeping adults safe within your organisation.  Take a look. 

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018
The above statutory policy has been updated to include new guidance affecting sport organisations.  For full details please click here

The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts
The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts recognises clubs or providers who have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining excellent safeguarding standards so everyone participating and engaging in Martial Arts can have a safe and enjoyable experience. Download the document here.

GDPR Toolkit
To support your ongoing activity with GDPR, Sport and Recreation Alliance has been working with their partners Wright Hassall LLP to develop the second in a series of real life questions posted from their working group, which combines sporting organisations and legal expertise to help support your organisation or club. The link to the real life questions can be found here.

NSPCC Safeguarding Standards and Guidance for the Voluntary and Community Sector
This edition of the NSPCC’s national safeguarding Standards and accompanying guidance is designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clear safeguarding arrangements for children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25.  You can download it here.

They are aimed at voluntary and community organisations, as well as social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations that may not consider themselves to be within the voluntary, community and faith sectors.

The standards help organisations to take responsibility for keeping children, young people and young adults safe; have a practical approach; and comply with legislation and national guidance. They provide useful templates, examples, and links to further information, and are designed to be used alongside the NSPCC safeguarding tool.

                                                                                                                                                            

Useful Contacts
View or download a list of useful contacts:

Safeguarding Contacts


The designated Lead Safeguarding Officer for Active Black Country is Tim Aldred.  The role and key function of the designated Lead Safeguarding Officer are listed in the policy.  To contact the designated Lead Safeguarding Officer email Tim on tim_aldred@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk or call Tim on 01384 471135 (office) or 07943 504573 (mobile).

We welcome the views of young people and their parents / carers on any of our policies or support material.  If you would like to give us your thoughts please contact Tim on tim_aldred@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk or call Tim on 01384 471135 (office) or 07943 504573 (mobile).