With the summer fast approaching, many clubs and organisations from grassroots all the way up to elite clubs are offering summer camps and programmes. These programmes usually involve children and young adults of school age and often take place within fairly large groups without parents or guardians being present.
Summer camps are an excellent way for children and young adults to develop socially, learn new skills, interact with new peer groups and make new friends. As most parents or guardians continue to have work commitments over the summer months, it is likely that these camps will be set up and run by community centres and sporting clubs and organisations.
Summer camps can offer children and young adults excellent developmental opportunities, and given the right safeguarding regime is in place.
Whilst most summer camps have a relaxed informal approach, it is important to remember that all children and young adults should at all times be properly supervised, protected and kept safe from all forms of abuse.
If all of the above issues and questions have been asked prior to the summer camp commencing then it will put you, as a coach, or an organisation in the best possible position should any safeguarding complaints arise.