Living Sport is committed to ensuring that children and young people have the right to have fun, be safe and free from harm when taking part in sport. This includes when training for a local team, playing for a local club or representing a sport at county, national or international level.
We want you to have fun playing sport, meeting new friends and trying new activities.
Is something worrying you? Don’t keep it to yourself
Sometimes, the fun is spoiled by adults who say or do things during sports activities that might hurt or frighten children and young people. If you are worried about yourself or a friend, its important that you tell someone who can help you. Please tell an adult you can trust as soon as you can.
This could be:
- A parent or carer
- School nurse
- Your Club welfare officer
- Youth worker
- Living Sport safeguarding team – link to it
NSPCC: 0808 800 500
Child Protection in Sport Unit: 0116 366 5580
Your sports club’s welfare officer: Each club should have a welfare officer
Your National Governing Body of Sport – Each NGB has a safeguarding lead to raise concerns.
Childline supports anyone under 19 years of age with any issues you may be going through.
Childline is free, confidential and available anytime day or night.
Call: 0800 1111
1-1 Counsellor Chat: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/
Sport and Exercise information for issues relating to sport: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/you-your-body/my-body/sport-exercise/
If you are a child or young person who needs help, please go to the NSPCC Helpline website: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/
Mental Health and Wellbeing: https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/topics/mental-health-and-wellbeing/
Advice and Support for Young People
The Mix is an essential support service for young people aged 25 and under. It offers advice and guidance on a number of issues important to young people such as relationships, mental health, housing, money and safety.
Call: 0808 808 4994 (open 4pm-11pm)
Sporting Equals: A national charity that promotes ethnic diversity within sport: https://www.sportingequals.org.uk/
Activity Alliance: A national charity supporting disabled people in sport and physical activity: www.activityalliance.org.uk
MIND: Provide support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
0300 123 3393 (Open 9am-6pm weekdays)
Young Minds: Young Minds are helping to support every young person to get the mental health support they need: www.youngminds.org.uk
Pride Sports: A national organisation supporting LGBTQ+ people in sport and physical activity: www.pridesports.org.uk
LGBTQ+ young people: https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/topics/lgbtqplus-young-people-and-sport/
Centre 33: Local support for young people offering advice on housing, homelessness, sexual health, employment and mental health: www.centre33.org.uk
Cambridgeshire County Council Youth in Communities team: The Youth in Communities team work in partnership with young people at a local level.
Kite Trust: Local charity supporting LGBTQ+ young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Online Help for young people
- Online and mobile safety – Childline’s advice for children and young people on using the web
- Report Remove – Childline tool to help young people report a naked image of themselves online
- Zipit app – Childline have developed a free app to advice young people what they can do if they’re asked for nude photos