The Cornish Pirates have backed the NSPCC’s ‘Safety in Sport Campaign’ as a survey found that one in five parents wouldn’t know where to turn if they had club welfare concerns.

'Parents in Sport Week', which ran from October 4 til October 10, is an annual campaign run by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), aiming to equip every parent with the safeguarding knowledge they need, and highlight the important role parents play in youth sport.

An online survey, conducted on behalf of the NSPCC by YouGov, has found that 20% of parents who had children in sports and leisure clubs, wouldn’t know who to speak to if they had any worries about a child's welfare at the club (including those who answered don’t know).

Reflecting on the importance of the week, Cornish Pirates player and young father, Tom Duncan, said:“As we witness on a regular basis, sport is something to be enjoyed by all, and it also provides wonderful opportunities for our children, helping them to not only develop but to also learn valuable life lessons.

“In our role as parents, along with everyone else we want to do all we can to make sure our children are safe, and that the NSPCC are once again delivering their annual Parents in Sports Week campaign is great because it is so important to remind people of its aims.”

Paul Stephenson, Senior Consultant at the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit, said: “We’re proud to be running our annual Parents in Sport Week in its sixth year to help more parents be a significant part of their children’s sporting lives and to help ensure their experience is safe and fun. Every year since the campaign’s conception countless sports bodies, clubs and coaches have supported our aims and worked hard to develop better relationships with parents and carers.

“This year, the NSPCC wants to provide the tools needed to help parents and carers access important information to keep their children safe in sport, to spot poor practice and to empower them to speak out. We’re also continuing to support the tireless work sports clubs put into involving parents in their safeguarding process."

The campaign comes in a year of high profile concerns about abuse in sport including gymnastics, football and athletics. The NSPCC wants to encourage parents with a child in any sport to seek advice from its Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or emailing help@nspcc.org.uk if they have any worries about their child’s experience in sport or physical activity.