A fun football session was the vehicle used to promote a new initiative to ensure children involved in sporting activities are protected.
The activity and promotion took place at the National Sports Centre in Douglas, and were a joint initiative between the Safeguarding Children Board, and the government’s Departments of Health and Social Care, Home Affairs, and Education and Children.
Children’s services officer Gary McManus said they wanted to highlight the importance to parents of ensuring sports clubs used by their children had good safeguarding practices in place.
The DEC’s sport development officer Gianni Epifani said: ‘Across sport we have a responsibility to review and evaluate what we do in terms of safeguarding and good practice but it is also important we applaud all the coaches and volunteers who provide hundreds of sessions across the island on a weekly basis.
‘Without these, young people would not have the opportunity to engage in sport and then enjoy the benefits that an active lifestyle brings.’
The launch of the initiative coincided with the launch of the DEc’s summer sport and recreation programme and Chief Inspector Phil Shimmin noted the island was fortunate to have so many opportunities for children to take part in sporting pursuits.
‘The DEC’s sport and recreation programme is just one example on our islandof a scheme with the processes in place to ensure that children can tke part in activities in a safe an enjoyable environment’