Child Protection in Sport Conference


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Child Protection in Sport Conference

Story posted March 3, 2010;

British Cycling’s CEO Ian Drake and Lead Child Protection Officer David Dunlop attended the ‘How safe is Your Sport? Taking a Lead in Safeguarding Children’ conference held in Coventry on the 25th February 2010. The conference was run by the Child Protection in Sport Unit, a part of the NSPCC.

British Cycling’s CEO Ian Drake joins representitives from the British Canoe Union, British Gymnastics, British Judo, British Orienteering and British Yoga on stage.

The NSPCC’s ‘Call to Action’ is for sports organisations and their partners in England, to sign up to a shared vision of child protection in sport for 2015. The ‘Call to Action’ builds on the ’Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport’. The purpose of those standards is to:

-- help create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and protect them from harm,
-- provide a bench mark to assist those involved in sport to make informed decisions
-- promote good practice and challenge practice that is harmful to children.

British Cycling achieved the Advanced Standard in January of this year and Ian Drake was presented with the award at the conference by Andrew Flanagan the CEO of the NSPCC.

Ian Drake, "British Cycling is proud that the work of all our staff and volunteers around the country has been recognised by this award. The Call to Action agenda will promote further activity. We want cycling, in all its disciplines, to be the sport where children and young people can participate in the best of environments so that their potential can be achieved. There is evidence to show that good safeguarding practice is linked to elite level successes". 

David Dunlop, "Achieving the advanced standard indicates British Cycling’s commitment to improving the cycling experience for young people. Parents and carers of children should recognise the work that goes on to promote good practice in our clubs and organised events so that children are protected and have an enjoyable time".