This week has seen sport in the spotlight as former football players have made public allegations of historic sexual abuse.
English Lacrosse wants to reassure all individuals that are involved with our sport that we are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people involved in lacrosse.
English Lacrosse, its members, clubs and responsible adults believe that all young people have the right to be safe and enjoy their involvement with lacrosse and we all have a responsibility to promote the welfare of young people and protect them from harm within the lacrosse community.
The Governing Body’s National Safeguarding officer and other staff continue to work closely with all our clubs and statutory agencies to ensure that safeguarding children is prioritised and in partnership with the Child Protection in Sport Unit and NSPCC, we have developed robust policy and procedures that deal with safeguarding to ensure young people can enjoy the sport in a safe environment.
We hope that the increased profile of the issue in recent weeks will have further encouraged those who have suffered in the past or are suffering now to speak out and seek help. The policies and procedures we have in place will ensure that any concerns will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with swiftly and appropriately and we would encourage anyone with concerns to come forward in any way in which they feel comfortable.
It is also important to highlight that the events of this week don’t detract from the overall advantages of getting involved in lacrosse or community sport more widely. We know that there are many thousands of adults actively volunteering in our sports clubs up and down the county who make sure that young people in their care are safe, and we will continue to offer support and guidance to ensure this continues.
The Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Lacrosse policy can be accessed on the English Lacrosse website as well as additional materials providing good practice guidance.
If anyone has any concerns or would like further guidance on any safeguarding issues please contact English Lacrosse Safeguarding Officer, Karen Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org, the NSPCC Adult Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or Childline for Children and Young People on 0800 1111