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JANUARY2015THESWORD17Namesromlettoright-MatthewLovettJamesHoneyboneJonSalfeldWillDearyAndrewGordon-Brown.SAFEGUARDINGDEVELOPMENTinBritishFencingWithovertwomillionsportssectorworkersandvolunteersintheUKcomingintocontactwithovermillionchildreneveryweekitisvitalthatpeopleworkingintheindustrygetsaeguardingandchildprotectionright.ThatiswhyweattheNSPCCsChildProtectioninSportUnitCPSUworkwithsportsorganisationstohelpensurethatchildrenwhoplaysportstaysaeandenjoyit.BritishFencingisonesportwhichiscontinuingtogetmoreandmorepopularwithbothadultsandchildrenbuthowcanweensurethatvitalproceduresareinplacetokeepupwithdemandAsoneotheCPSUsNationalDevelopmentOcersIworkwithBritishFencingandanumberootherNationalGoverningBodiesNGBstosupporttheirworkinhelpingtosaeguardingchildren.WeallwanttoprovideaunandsaeenvironmentoryoungencersandweattheCPSUhelptodothisbyprovidingadviceresourcesandacetoacetrainingtosupportBritishFencing.TheCPSUisundedbySportEnglandSportNorthernIrelandandSportWales.PartoourroleonbehaloSportEnglandistoensurethatorganisationswhichworkwithchildrenmeetgovernmentsaeguardingstandards.EncouraginglyBritishFencinghasalreadyachievedtheintermediatelevelothesestandardsandisworkingtogethertowardsachievingtheadvancedlevelin.Weknowthatadultsworkinginsportcanendupbeingareallielineorchildrenwhichiswhyitisessentialthatallsportsorganisationshavesaeguardsinplaceandthatthesearemaintainedandembeddedthroughoutthesport.YouascoachesandvolunteersworkinginBritishFencingareinauniquepositionbecauseyouseethewaychildreninteractwithadultsandtheclosebondsyouormwiththemmeanstheyarelikelytoturntoyouitheyarebeingabusedorneglected.ThisiswhyweareworkingtoincreaseawarenessotheroleeveryonecanplayincommunicatingwithyoungencersandwhywewanttoensureeveryoneworkinginBritishFencinghastheappropriatesupportandtrainingtoenablethemtospotabuseandreportit.FormoreinormationabouttheCPSUyoucansubscribetoournewsletterviathewebsitewww.thecpsu.org.ukwhereyoucanalsofndinormationandresourcestosupportsaeguardingchildreninsport.YoucanalsoollowusonTwitterattheCPSU.IyouhaveanyconcernsaboutachildyoucanfndtheBritishFencingchildprotectionproceduresontheBritishFencingwebsite-www.britishencing.comgovernancewelareandallconcernsaboutthewelareoachildoryoungpersonshouldbereportedtotheEqualityandSaeguardingManagerLizBehnke-Telephonenumber77774.YoucanalsocalltheNSPCChelplineon888whichisareeandconfdentialserviceopen4hoursaday7daysaweek.JudeToaslandNationalDevelopmentOcerattheNSPCCsChildProtectioninSportUnit