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:
Childline 0800 1111
NSPCC 0800 800 5000
Keep trying if you can’t get through straight away
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