Help if you are a child or young person

Sport and physical activity are about having fun and being the very best you can be. We want you to be safe from harm when you’re involved in our events and sessions.

Sport and physical activity give you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do! For a very few children, their fun is spoilt by people who do or say things that hurt or frighten them.

What these children are experiencing may be abuse, and they may feel they have no one to talk to about it, or that no one will listen to them or believe what they say.

MSP wants to do everything it can to stop these things happening, and to help those who may be affected. This is called ‘Child Protection.’



Here’s some advice if you think you are being abused or have been in the past:

  • tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be: a parent or someone else in your family; a teacher or school counsellor; your doctor or school nurse
  • make sure you are not alone with the person who has tried to harm you
  • click on the boxes below to find help or someone to talk to about your worries. The contacts include Childline, who are available on the phone and online anytime.
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