A policy developed by a single person without the influence and input of others is a missed opportunity to hear the opinions of and learn from the experiences of coaches, children, parents, volunteers, funding partners and other stakeholders.
Involving these important groups of stakeholders in the policy development and review processes enables conversations to begin about child protection and safeguarding. It enables the organisation to share its views and feelings. It enables parents and funding partners to share their expectations and concerns. It enables children to share their fears, experiences and resources.
Once everyone is talking about a taboo topic, misperceptions and fears can be tackled and real change can occur. These changes are the prerequisites for keeping children safe and making sure a safe environment is the norm.