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Child Protection Officer's Required in Motorsports Assoc.

posted Jul 23, 2010, 6:06 AM by Elisa Myer   [ updated Jul 26, 2010, 7:02 AM ]
Motor Sport Associations, (FIA) in Europe and the UK require Child Protection officers to be present at every event.

The MSA Policy Statement on Child Protection is as follows: • The child's welfare is paramount. • All children whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity, have the right to protection from abuse. • All suspicions and allegations of inappropriate behaviour will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately. • As defined in the Children Act 1989, anyone under the age of 18 years should be considered as a child for the purposes of this document.  

From the Home Page of the Motor Sports Association UK:

The MSA have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for young people, its members provide them with the highest possible standard of care.
Through the implementation of the Child Protection Policy and Guidelines for the MSA, and the support of its members, the MSA alongside a growing number of governing bodies, will maintain the professionalism and safeguards of good practice, which are associated with our sport.
The policy outlines the following key areas:
It recognises the responsibility of all those involved in Motor Sport (professional and volunteers) to safeguard and promote the interests and well being of the children with whom they are working;
It provides a framework on the recruitment, selection, suitability and deployment of individuals working with young people.
It emphasises the value of working closely in partnership with others to protect children from harm.
It acknowledges that abuse does take place in sport and that raising awareness and understanding of the main forms of abuse and establishing communication and reporting procedures if abuse is suspected will further safeguard children and all others working within Motor Sport.

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Along with instruction in Auto Racing, Safe Driving on the Roadways should be included as these talented young drivers have their teenage peer group to contend with.

Since Children under 18 are being included for auto racing instruction, MORE regarding regular road and driving safety will be required for family and friends and peer-groups.