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Young Athlete’s Info

A Young Athlete’s Guide to Child Protection

You have rights – Sport should be fun. You should feel safe and enjoy your sport. You can’t do this if you feel unhappy – if someone is bullying or abusing you.

When do you know if something is wrong?

Something is wrong if someone:

  • Constantly teases you, shouts at you or calls you names
  • Threatens, hits, kicks or punches you
  • Touches you, or does anything in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Makes suggestive remarks or tries to pressurize you into sexual activity
  • Damages or steals your belongings
  • Does anything that makes you feel lonely, worried, unsafe, hurt or embarrassed!

If you are being bullied or abused it is not your fault. If this is happening try to:

  • Be firm and tell the person to stop – make a lot of noise to attract attention
  • Get away from the situation quickly, go to a public place to find help or call the police (999)
  • Tell your parents / carers , Club Welfare Officer or an adult you can trust what has happened as soon as possible, so they can help you
  • Keep a record of the date, time and place, what happened, how you felt and the name of anyone who may have seen what happened
  • Call or email your Club Welfare Officer or use the 24 hr free telephone helplines
  • Childline 0800 1111

    NSPCC 0800 800 5000

    Keep trying if you can’t get through straight away

    Keeping Safe

    To keep safe always:

    • Tell someone you can trust so they can help you
    • Trust your instincts about the people you meet
    • Avoid being alone or with just one other person
    • Travel with a friend, avoid travelling in someone else’s car by yourself
    • Avoid going to other people’s homes by yourself
    • Carry a mobile phone, a phone card or some spare change

    If any of the above happens to you, do not wait for it to happen again, act immediately