The Scottish Government’s National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, 2014 highlights that those working in sport “will often become significant role models and trusted people in a child’s life”. This requires the right people for the role: those who put children and young people’s safety and wellbeing first, who respect their rights and listen to and take into account their views. These committed individuals and groups need to be supported, informed and trained by well-managed and child-centred sports organisations that support, promote and safeguard children and young people’s wellbeing.
The Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport and accompanying self-evaluation tool have been developed by the Safeguarding in Sport1 service for sportscotland, to enable sports organisations to put measures in place that help them on a journey to achieve these goals and beyond.
For the last 10 years, Scottish governing bodies of sport (SGBs) have been working with the Minimum Operating Requirements (MORs). The MORs have been key in supporting SGBs to put in place and implement child protection policies and procedures at national and regional level. Implementation of the MORs are a condition of sportscotland investment for relevant SGBs.
While their content is still relevant, there is a need for progress and development in sport to take a much broader approach which is child centred and rights-based. It is believed that the Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport will help to achieve this.