Safeguarding and Child Welfare

Ski MK Race Team accepts that all children and young people have the following basic rights: 

· to be valued as a person 

· to be treated with dignity and respect 

· to be cared for as a young person 

· to be kept safe 

Ski MK Race Team will provide training in which each young person feels safe and cared for, is valued, and is treated with dignity and respect. 

Ski MK Race Team will provide a duty of care to protect each young person from abuse. 

SMK Child Welfare Officer

SMK Child Welfare Officer:

SMK Deputy Child Welfare Officer  Stephen Metheringham

Contact 07974564553

Important Club Documents

Here you'll find all the important club documents relating to Safeguarding.

If you have any questions reference ANY of these then please contact .

Raising Concerns

What should I do if I have a concern about a child?

Always remember the welfare of the child is of paramount concern.  It is not up to you to decide whether or not a child has been abused, but it is your responsibility to report any concerns appropriately.

If you have any concerns about a child, you must pass your concerns on.  SMK have a Club Welfare Officer and Deputy Child Welfare Officer – you can speak to them. 

If you cannot get hold of your Club Welfare Officer or SMK Chair, you can speak to the Snowsport England Safeguarding Lead, or a deputy (details below). 

If you think a child is in immediate danger, call the Police.  

SMK Child Welfare Officer:

SMK Deputy Child Welfare Officer: Stephen Metheringham

SE Safeguarding Lead:         Bridget Owen    

Deputy SE WOs:                   Jan Doyle          

                                              Tim Fawke         

Or telephone the Snowsport England office on 01509 232323.


It's our game not yours

We all need to have an understanding into the impact of negative adult behaviours on children's emotional wellbeing, including how adults behaviours around sports.

Snowsport England in October 2020 held a webinar entitled Its Our Game Not Yours.

The aim to highlight to athletes, parents and coaches the understanding into the impact of negative adult behaviours on children's emotional wellbeing.

We strongly recommend that all committee, coaches, parents and athletes of all ages with the following short videos to gain a better understanding of the problems.

Let Kids Be Kids - kids talk about their experience at Junior sport - link to video here

My Magic Sports Kit - link to video here

A 2020 (October) Webinar by Snowsport England included some great further reading material

Its Our Game Not Yours - by Jordan Fellows - download link here

Its Our Game Not Yours - SE and CPSU - download link here

National Contacts for Safeguarding

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Hub or Mash Team 01908 253169 or 01298 253170

  ChildLine UK – 24 hour helpline for children: 0800 1111 – Website

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre: 0870 000 3344 – Website

To report on line abuse, please use the CEOP Report Abuse app at the following


Kidscape – helpline for adults and young people concerned about

bullying: 08451 205 204 – Website

NSPCC Freephone – 24 hour helpline: 0808 800 5000 - Website

The Samaritans: 116 123 - Website

The Ollie Foundation - a charity devoted to stopping teenagers and

young people from taking their own lives - Website

A leading authority in safeguarding disabled children and adults from abuse


The NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) website

provides up to date advice, guidance and good practice on

safeguarding children in sport – Website.

For advice for children, young people, parents and carers, please see:

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