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Be activities wise - advice for parents

Keep them safe in activities this summer. It’s okay to C.H.E.C.K. with activity leaders if you’re unsure.

‘Be activities wise’
When we talk about safeguarding, lots of people think about schools being responsible for children while they’re there. But the classroom isn’t the only place it’s important to make sure that children are safe and well-cared-for.

Help keep your child safe
With summer fast approaching, you’ll be thinking about the activities your children could get involved in during the school holidays so you can enjoy a few extra hours of freedom.
But you’ll also want to make sure your children are safe.

There are lots of activities organised by other people, including volunteers, which children and young people can get involved in. These activities can really help with children’s development, help them make new friends, gain confidence and learn new skills.
Most of the people leading these activities have children’s best interests at heart, but it’s not essential for all activity leaders to undergo safeguarding training to properly care for and be aware of any problems your child may have.

What should you ask?

Abuse can take place in a variety of situations. Following the historical issues within the Football Association, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Boards feel it’s important parents and carers are aware of some of the checks they may want to make before their child starts an activity and that activity leaders know about their responsibilities in keeping children safe.
As parents or carers, you may want to C.H.E.C.K.:

  • Are you confident the person leading the activity I qualified to do so?
  • Do you have a history of leading similar activities? Do you have any references? Can I see them?
  • Do you have experience of working with children and young people?
  • Have you had a police or DBS check?
  • Do you have good knowledge of your safeguarding responsibilities?

You may also want to check:

  • Do you have a safeguarding policy?
  • Do you have a photography policy? (such as getting parental consent before taking any photos)
  • Have you done any safeguarding training?
  • Are you, or any of the adults involved, first aid trained?
  • Are you insured to run this activity?

 

Choosing summer activities

For tips on choosing activities for your child, click here
Remember, you can ask to see evidence if you are unsure. Activity leaders can also visit

www.safeguardingchildren.stoke.gov.uk/beactivitieswise

Click here for help on show to spot potential signs of abuse 
 

For more information, contact us on: 01782 232200
If you’re worried about the welfare of a child or young person, contact the safeguarding referral team:

  • Day (8.30am to 5pm): 01782 235100
  • Night (5pm to 8.30am): 01782 234234
  • If a child or young person is in immediate danger, always call 999
     

 


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