What To Do If...
|Keeping children and young people safe|
Clubs & Activities for Children & Young People
There are many clubs and organised activities for children, but as a parent you will want to know that any activity your child is involved with is safe.
It is important for you as a parent to feel happy and confident about the arrangements you make for your child.
To find out what is available in your area, talk to other parents who have children of the same age as your child or a little older – and talk to the children themselves.
Your first choice may be made by your child showing an interest in a particular activity or saying that he or she wants to join a particular group – perhaps he or she has a friend who is already a member. If possible, talk to the parents of children who are already involved. Are they happy about the organisation? Are the children happy about the activities?
If the activities are held on school premises, ask whether they are run by school staff and whether they are sponsored by the school. If the activities are held on council premises, church premises, etc. ask who organises them.
If possible, go and watch the group in action
If you and your child are still interested, ask about these points
Now talk to your child - are you both happy about this group? Listen carefully to your child
If your child joins a club or group, it is important to keep listening to what he or she has to say about it. If he or she becomes less willing to attend, listen carefully to what he or she is saying. Of course children do outgrow particular activities and lose interest in particular groups, but there may also be something else that your child is not happy about.
A child who has vague concerns may feel silly talking about them. Listen carefully and take what he or she says seriously. Are you still happy about the organisation, the activities and the organisers?
Remember that the final decision always lies with you as a parent. No guidance can guarantee your child's total safety from all dangers.
Picking the right activities for your child is all about listening
If you have a concern about a particular club or activity please contact Child Protection Services on 0121 303 8454.