Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is lending its full support to Play Safe – an ongoing national campaign led by The FA to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.
The main focus this year is on parents and carers, with two key messages to convey:
- – Awareness of the vital safeguarding role parents/carers play in football; and
- – Encouragement to take the short, new and free online safeguarding course that’s been created specifically for parents/carers. You can access the course here: https://learn.englandfootball.com/courses/safeguarding/safeguarding-awareness-for-parents-and-carers
Importantly, encouragement to take the new course has come from FASSSAG – The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group: “We have inputted into the course and helped frame its key messages from our collective experiences. It’s vitally important to us that every parent/carer understands they role they need to play in football. Taking this course can make a real difference – we are asking every parent/carer to commit to help ensure football is ever-safer.”
Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.
Here at the Trust we deliver sessions throughout the whole Rotherham community every single week, working with young people and vulnerable adults. Supporting participants of different ages, backgrounds and level of experience, our fully qualified staff receive training across the community to recognise and report any safeguarding concerns to ensure participants receive the support they need.
RUCST Sports Participation Manager, Jonathan Gilberthorpe Said:
“It is vital that all participants at our sessions are in a safe environment and have access to additional support if required to be able to flourish and have a positive experience.”