Support for clubs
Clubs play a vital role in increasing participation and improving the quality and range of opportunities available to our local communities
PACES (Perth and Kinross Accredited Club Excellence Scheme) is a straightforward quality assurance system that has been designed to help voluntary sports clubs operate efficiently and effectively. It will help your club to take a systematic look at what it does, and decide exactly where improvements are needed. It is also a means of identifying and rewarding clubs that operate in a structured way.
PACES is currently undergoing a review and will relaunch later in 2016. The review will look at the levels, the criteria and the benefits and once complete we will ask invite all existing PACES clubs to re accredit to the new scheme. We will provide support to such clubs as well as encouraging those who were not signed up before to think about becoming a PACES club.
Watch this space….
Clubs who have successfully completed PACES:
The majority of children who take part in sport do so in a safe and helpful atmosphere, with genuine support from the adults involved. But for the small minority of children who are abused during sporting activities, the picture is very different.
The sporting community, like other areas of our society, recognises the need to protect children from individuals who may abuse position of trust.
There are a number of steps that a sporting or leisure organisation can take to safeguard children and young people these are outlined in the Accord 2006 minimum operating requirements as:
- Child protection policy
- A designated Child Protection Officer
- Safe recruitment procedures
- Codes of conduct for those within the club (parents, players, club officials, coach)
- A discipline procedure
Documents can be downloaded from this page as template policies.
Club Child Protection Officers should have attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop and an In Safe Hands workshop.
The National Governing Body of your sport will also have a child protection policy and will be able to give detailed guidance about how to respond to reports of suspected abuse.
There are several good web sites dedicated to child protection in sport - you can browse these by clicking on the external links
If you need further help or advice about child protection in sport please contact the sports development team.