The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) conference, ‘Safeguarding in sport – Taking our lead from young people’ took place on the 5 October 2016 at Wembley Stadium.
Delegates from across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland came together with a focus of safeguarding young people in sport.
The conference was hosted by 19 year-old Welsh Young Ambassador Luke Rees. It explored issues still faced by children and young people in sport and how individuals can help to overcome them.
The conference also took the opportunity to celebrate the 15 years of the CPSU. Eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and NSPCC CEO Peter Wanlass were guest speakers.
The ASA Youth Forum, FA Youth Council and the NSPCC’s Support in Sport group all played an active role.
ASA Youth Forum members Katie Gilman-Abel, Oliver Hooper and Toby Sanderson delivered two workshop sessions. They were supported by Charlotte Lynch and Paul Stephenson from the NSPCC.
The workshop was called ‘How can young people inform us to ensure safe use of social media?’.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to present at the CPSU conference,” said Oliver.
“The conference enabled us to share some of the positive work of the ASA National Youth Forum. It was also an opportunity to learn more about the great work being done by the CPSU, NGBs and other sport organisations.
“I was particularly pleased that engaging with young people on matters that affect them took a prominent position across the whole conference.”
— ASA Youth Forum (@ASAYouthForum) October 5, 2016
The session covered why online safety is becoming an increasing concern, the worries of young people around safe use of social media and examples of how social media can be used in a positive way.
ASA National Child Safeguarding Manager, Jenni Dearman said: “The ASA Youth Forum gave an informative, insightful and engaging presentation. The good practice examples and personal experiences shared by the forum gave attendees ideas to take away to their respective organisations.”
The take home message was to encourage organisations to engage and involve young people in their sport. Attendees were also encouraged to start exploring the exciting opportunities that social media provides, whilst balancing this with a understanding of online safety and potential areas of risk.
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