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Child Wellbeing and Protection in sport

Sport is widely recognised as a fantastic activity for children and young people, with far reaching benefits not just in health. The Camanachd Associations values of Respect, Responsibility, Community, and Continuous Improvement apply across all areas of the sport, from first shinty through to our international teams. We all have a responsibility to look after young people in shinty and their wellbeing and safety is at the centre of everything we do. The Camanachd Association aim is to work with our partners to ensure that everyone who is involved in the sport has a positive experience and goes on to achieve their full potential both within the game and in life. Below you will find a number of resources to support your club dealing with any concerns. 

Safeguarding in Sport resources


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Safeguarding in Sport has produced a number of free resources to equip people with the tools to ensure children and young people stay safe and have fun in sport. These resources are for coaches, volunteers, child protection officers – anyone who provides sport to children and young people. 

What to ask? A parent's guide to finding a safe sports club for your child

This guide outlines 10 questions parents can ask of any sports club so they can familiarise themselves with child protection processes, assuage any anxieties and have confidence their child will be safe and enjoy the positive benefits of sport.

Club guidance: Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport

A collection of good practice guidelines and templates that your club can use to help promote children’s wellbeing and keep them safe in sport.

Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport - Sharing Ideas and Good Practice

We are delighted to bring you a series of reports to celebrate and share ideas about the work that sports clubs and governing bodies of sport in Scotland are doing to safeguard and promote children’s wellbeing in sport.

This first report is about Standard 4: Giving Children a Say - how sport involves children and young people in decisions that affect them.
If you would like the child wellbeing and protection work you are doing to be shared in our next report, please email us at safeguardinginsport@children1st.org.uk

Social Media guidelines for sports coaches, volunteers and athletes

We encourage sports organisations and athletes to use social media but to ensure that they do so responsibly. These guidelines to keep you safe online are designed to provide helpful, practical advice to individuals within sport.


Safeguarding in Sport e-bulletin is produced on a regular basis throughout the year, keeping you up-to-date with all of the Safeguarding in Sport news. To subscribe to the Safeguarding in Sport e-bulletin please email safeguardinginsport@children1st.org.uk . 

Stay Safe & Have Fun In Sport leaflet

Stay Safe & Have Fun in Sport is a leaflet for children and young people to raise awareness about their right to be safe while playing sport. It suggests where children and young people can find help and support if they are worried about something. ‘Stay Safe and Have Fun in Sport’ is suitable for all children and young people 10 years and over. 

To order printed copies (for a small charge) please call Safeguarding in Sport on 0141 419 1156, email: safeguardinginsport@children1st.org.uk or use the contact form below.

Stay Safe & Have Fun postersafeguardinginsport@children1st.org.uk or use the contact form below.

Responding to Adult Disclosures of Childhood Sexual Abuse - Briefing

This briefing paper, in conjunction with Open Secret, is designed to give you an overview of how you can best support an adult disclosing childhood sexual abuse and what ongoing support is available nationally for adult survivors of abuse.

The guidance in this paper relates only to adults over the age of 18 disclosing historical abuse and we would remind you that any concerns about the wellbeing of a child under the age of 18 should be dealt with using your current child protection policies and procedures.

Child Protection Policy 

Everyone has a part to play and responsibility to provide a safe environment for our children. Our Child Protection policy provides advice and guidance for Clubs, Club Child Protection Officers, parents and volunteers. We are continually reviewing training programmes to offer further support for staff and volunteers.

We as an association are aware of the changing world and our policies must remain current. Our procedures will continue to be in line with Scottish Government policies such as Getting it Right for Every Child and best practice. The 8 indicators of Wellbeing, which are known as SHANARRI, are Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, and Included.

The Camanachd Association work closely with agencies such as sportscotland, Children 1st, Police Scotland and NSPCC to protect people at all levels from harm. In cases of concern, we will act swiftly and appropriately using our established case management procedures. The Camanachd Association is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable sport.


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Camanachd Association Anti-bullying Policy

To find our Anti-bullying Policy, click here.

The policy is available below, however you can access a shortcut to the most relevant information for you below:



Child Wellbeing and protection officers


Child Wellbeing And Protection In Sport Policy - in full 

If you have any concerns at any time please contact our Child Protection Officer, Ronald Ross at the Camanachd Association 

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