The SACU’s general sphere of responsibility and influence is strictly limited to events and their environs covered by a SACU Permit or agreed SACU functions and practices.

In the case of The Wellbeing and Protection of Children we have an obliged social responsibility to protect young people at all times.

The SACU like every other sporting organisation in Scotland must honour its legal and social obligations to protect the wellbeing and safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults within our sport. These obligations are the responsibility of everyone within our sport.

Sport can and does have a very powerful and positive influence on people - especially children, young people and protected adults. Not only can sport provide opportunities for enjoyment and achievement, it can also help those who participate to develop an expansive range of life skills. These positive effects can only take place if sport is in the right hands i.e. in the hands of those who prioritise the wellbeing of all children, young people and protected adults first and adopt practices that support, protect and empower them. Our policy will apply to all children and young people up to the age of 18.

As an organisation we are committed to not only developing policies and procedures but to providing information and training opportunities to ensure those working with these groups adopt best practice and that at all times no child, young person, protected adult or official is placed at risk.

The SACU’s general sphere of responsibility and influence is strictly limited to events and their environs covered by a SACU Permit or agreed SACU functions and practices. In the case of The Wellbeing and Protection of Children we have an obliged social responsibility to protect young people at all times.

Key Principles

The key principles that underwrite our policy are:

  • The wellbeing of all children and protected adults is paramount. All children and protected adults whatever their age, culture, ability, disability, gender, language, racial origin, parental status, religious belief and/or sexual identity or socioeconomic background have the right to protection from harm of any nature.
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to promote and safeguard the wellbeing of children and protected adults.
  • Clubs and other organisations will be provided with the opportunities for education and training, appropriate documentation and support to ensure the implementation of this Policy.
  • Adults working with children are provided with opportunities for education and training to ensure best practice becomes the norm.
  • Working in partnership with children and their parents/carers is essential for the protection of the child.
  • Ensuring our membership are well informed of policy and process via the SACU website and annual direct mailings.

The SACU recognises the statutory responsibility of Local Authority Social Work and Police Departments to ensure the wellbeing of children and it is committed to complying with Local Area Child Protection Procedures.

The SACU recognises its responsibilities in providing sport which allows young people to develop within a framework which matches the principles behind the new Standards for Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport, these principles are known as the SHANARRI Indicators:

  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Achieving
  • Nurtured
  • Active
  • Respected
  • Responsible
  • Included

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