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Sarah Bentley is our Club Safeguarding Officer. She is responsible for giving advice about the wellbeing, safeguarding and protection of our young club members, promoting good practice, and for action on receipt of any concerns or referrals.
Netball should be fun and our young members should feel safe and enjoy their sport.
If you or your daughter have any concerns or worries at any time please do not hesitate to speak to one of our coaches, or to get in touch with Sarah direct.
Netball is a great game for young people; you get to keep fit, have fun and make new friends through teamwork.
Your Netball should always be enjoyable. While you’re playing Netball, whether during or after a match, in a tournament or at club training, no one should ever make you feel unhappy or uncomfortable. This includes your coaches, the umpires, other players or people watching.
You can tell if something is wrong, if someone:
Constantly teases you, shouts at you or calls you names
Threatens, hits, kicks or punches you
Touches you or does anything in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
Makes suggestive remarks or tries to pressurise you into sexual activity
Damages or steals your belongings
Does anything that makes you feel lonely, worried, unsafe, hurt, embarrassed or uncomfortable
What to do if you feel worried, upset or uncomfortable about something
If you play in a Netball club, there should be an adult who is a Club Safeguarding Officer or Club Child Protection Officer. Their role is to make sure the club is safe for young people, and to help you if you have any worries. You should contact Sarah:
If you feel unhappy or uncomfortable about something that is happening, you should tell your parents or carers, or you can tell the Club Safeguarding Officer who is there to help
If you are unable to speak to the Club Safeguarding Officer or your club doesn’t have one, you should tell an adult you trust or, if this is difficult, you could ask one of your friends to speak to an adult for you
If you feel in any immediate danger, get away from the situation quickly, go to a public place to find help or call the police (999)