Information for Parents and Carers
Motorsport UK recognises the vital support parents and carers provide for their child to be involved in motorsport. Choosing the right team/club, understanding how they will communicate with your child and what you can expect from their time in motorsport, is important. We are providing this guidance to help you know what to look out for, what questions to ask, what you can do to help and who can help within a team or club.
What can you expect?
All Motorsport UK affiliated clubs and championships must have a Child Safeguarding Policy and Club/Championship Safeguarding Officer who has been suitability checked (DBS or PVG depending on location). For a full list of roles who are required to complete a suitability check, please see our Safer Recruitment page.
What can parents/carers do?
It’s important to know who’s helping your child be involved in motorsport, understand what’s expected of your child and in turn how you and other officials are expected to behave. A well-run club, championship or event will be happy to share with you how they run things, so please don’t hesitate to ask. As a guide here are some questions you could ask:
- Who is the club/championship safeguarding officer and how can I contact them?
- How can I get a copy of club/championship safeguarding policy?
- What should I do if I have a complaint?
- Do you have a club/championship code of conduct and where can I view them?
- Is my child’s coach or team manager DBS/PVG checked with Motorsport UK?
- Has my child’s coach or team manager completed the safeguarding awareness module with Motorsport UK?
- How will they communicate with me and my child?
What is expected of you?
Your support gives your child the opportunity to participate and develop in the sport. You stand on the side lines, give lifts, pay the fees and support your child through the ups and downs. Whether they are participating for fun or aspiring to be a high performing athlete, they will win and lose races. Your response to their race, development and their limits as well as success, has a significant impact on how your child and their peers respond to the challenges of motorsport.
The Race with Respect guidelines set out the expected standards of behaviour. Everyone involved in Motorsport UK signs up to these standards and is expected to adhere to them. Knowing these and discussing them with you child will help them understand how a motorsport environment operates.
Keeping in communication with your club/team/championship is important and can help you support them achieving their best ability.
We encourage parents/carers with a child in motorsport to:
- Familiarise yourself with the role of the club or championship safeguarding officer.
- Store the safeguarding officers name and contact number in your phone alongside the number for the NSPCC helpline
- Be clear about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour at your child’s club or championship
- Ensure you and your child know how to report any worry or concern
- Encourage your child to speak up about anything that worries them, no matter how big or small
- Ensure you know who your child’s manager, coach or … are, how they will communicate with you, how you can contact them and how to get feedback on your child.
- Ask who in the team has had appropriate DBS or PVG checks completed to ensure their
How do I choose a club, team or coach for my child?
Many parents whose children take part in motor sport activities and competitions employ individuals or subscribe to teams to help with the car performance and driving development. Providing this form of support and guidance for your child can help them to build on skills, knowledge and confidence, as well as building on their enjoyment for the sport. For the purpose of this guidance we will use the term coach however in motorsport many use the term mechanic, coach or engine builder.
When choosing any club, team, or in choosing individual coaching, it is important that parents are confident that their children will be safe and happy. The Parent/Carer Guide to choosing a Club, Team or Coach is designed to help support parents or carers making these decisions.