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Safeguarding

Sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on people, especially young people. Not only can it provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also develop valuable qualities such as self-esteem, leadership and teamwork.

However, these positive effects can only take place if sport is in the right hands – in the hands of those who place the welfare of all first, and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them.

Children and Young People

Children and young people are safe whilst participating in sport and physical activity within Solihull.

Solihull Council’s Solihull Active team are committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people engaged in sports and physical activity locally. It aims to contribute to by:

  • Meeting the requirements of the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport (CPSU 2002)
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when core staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes for children and young people
  • Working with partners to establish and implement agreed, consistent minimum standards for sports and physical activities locally
  • Requiring those individuals or organisations that are funded or commissioned to provide any services for children and young people to effectively address safeguarding requirements
  • Maximising its influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within its wider partnership roles and relationships

For more information on safeguarding children in Solihull please click here.

Vulnerable Adults

Solihull Council’s Solihull Active team are committed to promoting the safety and welfare of vulnerable adults engaged in sports and physical activity locally.

Solihull uses the ‘No Secrets’ 2000 definition of a vulnerable adult which is:

A person aged 18 years and over: ‘who is or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation’ (No Secrets).

Solihull Council’s Solihull Active team aims to contribute by:

  • Ensuring all staff, volunteers, and instructors providing a service to vulnerable adults have had appropriate training and have a DBS check
  • Working with partners to establish and implement agreed, consistent minimum safeguarding standards for sports and physical activities locally
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice at all times

For more information on Adult safeguarding in Solihull please click here.

DBS Checks (previously CRB checks)

DBS checks (previously CRB checks): Overview – GOV.UK

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

You may need to check someone’s criminal record if they apply:

  • for certain jobs or voluntary work, for example working with children or in healthcare
  • to foster or adopt a child

To find out more visit here.