Parental Guidance

Netball provides opportunities for enjoyment and achievement; it can develop qualities such as self-esteem, leadership, and teamwork, as well as physical benefits. Providing young people with a positive netball experience means that they will be more likely to achieve their true potential.

Every young person has the right to have fun and to be safe and free from harm, whether training or competing for a local club. As a parent / legal guardian you should feel comfortable with the environment that your child is in and able to ask questions about the club, structure, people, policies, and practices. We promote that children have rights, and parents have responsibilities to help create a safe environment.

Questions to consider

Does the club have a safeguarding policy?

Your club should have the Wales Netball policy in place to safeguard children. It is available to read on our website, but are the club using ours or their own?

Are the coaches qualified?
All coaches/leaders must hold an up-to-date Wales Netball recognised Coaching qualification which is appropriate to the level of activity being coached.

Do the coaches have the appropriate training?
All coaches/leaders working with young people have to have attended a UK Coaching Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop and hold a first aid certificate, and take responsibility for keeping these up to date. Your club can tell you what level of training their coaches have.

Are the coaches and club personnel suitable to work with young people?
All coaches and volunteers who regularly cares for, trains, supervises or is in sole charge of young people must have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check through Wales Netball.

Who can you talk to?

All clubs should have at a minimum one person responsible for safeguarding - the Club Safeguarding Officer. They should let you know who they are and how to contact them if you need to.


If you feel concerned or worried about your child and need some advice, you can contact your Club Safeguarding Officer and explain your concerns. The Club Safeguarding Officer will then speak with Wales Netball Designated Safeguarding Lead, if appropriate.


Always ensure that as a Parent/Carer you:

  • Arrange for your child to be dropped off and picked up promptly from the club and competitions
  • Contact the club if you are running late to collect your child
  • Adhere to the rules of the club
  • Adhere to the Codes of conduct within the club
  • Accept the guidance that coaches provide and officials decisions within competitions
  • Use appropriate language at all times
  • Stay off the equipment during training and competitions
  • Never force your child to participate

You can help your child become a strong competitor in a safe environment by:

  • Emphasising and rewarding effort rather than outcome.
  • Understanding that your child may need a break from sports occasionally.
  • Encouraging and guiding your child, not forcing or pressuring them to compete.
  • Emphasising the importance of having fun, learning new skills, and developing skills.
  • Showing interest in their participation in sports, asking questions.
  • Realising that your attitude and behaviours influences your child’s performance
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