The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales.

The Role of the Parent can often be taken for granted when it comes to School and Club Sport but, without their involvement, most events, matches and training sessions simply would not be able to go ahead.

Whether it be transporting children to and from matches, ensuring youngsters attend training sessions with clean, appropriate kit or supporting teams at fixtures and matches, the role of the parent is vital for any successful Sports Team to flourish. A Nationwide initiative next week provides the opportunity for clubs and organisations to recognise this essential role.

The Unit was founded in 2001, following a series of high profile cases, to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities. The following information is shared from the organisation…

CPSU Parents in Sport Week 2018

When is it? 1-7 October 2018

What is it? A national awareness raising campaign, Parents in Sport Week is a chance to showcase your organisation or club’s creativity and build positive relationships with parents and carers.

“Parents, through their support, encouragement and understanding, play a pivotal role in supporting their child’s participation, success and fun when playing sport. It’s essential that sports clubs communicate regularly with parents so that both coach and parent work towards the same goals.”

– Paul Stephenson, NSPCC CPSU

We want more parents to be a part of their child’s sporting life but we need your help to reach them. You can do this by working with and supporting parents through your club or organisation, letting them know how valuable their contribution to youth sport is and encouraging them to get involved.

Kick off the week with an event for parents or a fun competition for all the family. Take advantage of the CPSU’s extensive advice and resources to build closer relationships with parents and carers at your club or organisation, and use the hashtags #ParentsInSportWeek2018 and #InvolvingParents to show your support and spread the word online.

Find out more about Parents in Sport Week 2018: https://thecpsu.org.uk/upcomingevents/parents-in-sport-week-2018/