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You only need to take a young person seriously if you have seen abuse taking place.
There may be a number of grounds for concern:
• A specific indication from a child that s/he has been abused;
• An account by a person who saw the child being abused;
• Evidence, such as an injury or behaviour which is consistent both with abuse and unlikely to be caused another way;
• An injury or behaviour which is consistent both with abuse and with an innocent explanation but where there are corroborative indicators supporting the concern that it may be a case of abuse. An example of this would be a pattern of injuries, an implausible explanation, other indications of abuse, dysfunctional behaviour;
• Consistent indication, over a period of time that a child is suffering from emotional or physical neglect.
Poor practice is not necessarily a concern of abuse, but should be reported in line with the relevant procedures within the club/organisation.
The DLP can consult with statutory authorities for advice
If the DLP is unsure whether reasonable grounds for concern exist s/he can informally consult with the local statutory agencies. S/he will be advised whether or not the matter requires a formal report.)
Leaders should listen to young people
Young people should have their voice listened to within sports organisations to ensure they have the trust in their club/organisations leaders to keep them safe. Clubs/organisations should actively promote organisations