Spotlight on… Gill Hallam
Gill joined the Child Protection in Sport Unit in June 2004. The CPSU was established in 2001 by the NSPCC in collaboration with Sport England to raise safeguarding awareness, standards, knowledge and skills throughout sport.
Gill's professional background prior to joining the CPSU spanned over twenty years in paediatrics, health visiting and multi-agency child protection training within the Health Service, developing a specialist focus and expertise in child protection. She was awarded a Masters with distinction in Child Welfare and Protection in 2005.
Since joining the CPSU Gill has been the lead from the CPSU for NGB club development and links between the Sport and Education sectors. The focus of her work has been working with funded NGBs to achieve Safeguarding Standards requirements and supporting the safeguarding elements of programmes for young people, particularly Clubmark and club accreditation processes, and PESSYP (including Sport Unlimited). Gill project managed the development of the Sport Unlimited ‘High quality community sport for young people' guidance document which included extensive consultation with sport and youth sector partners. She has been a member of the Clubmark Advisory Group since its inception
Gill has a life long passion for sport as a participant (swimming, running ... anything that doesn't require hand-eye coordination fundamentally!), volunteer and club welfare officer. She is also a parent of teenagers who are participating in school sport activities and leadership schemes and a number of sports at varying competitive levels (swimming, football, basketball, judo and athletics). Gill is proud to be a long-standing Derby County FC season ticket holder!
She said, ‘It is essential that national Safeguarding Standards and initiatives lead to changes in the experience of children and young people at grassroots level. This should be underpinned by quality training and learning opportunities, support and guidance for volunteers and professionals working to improve sport activities for children and young people in clubs and in the community. Clubmark is a key tool for sports organisations seeking to embed best practice and safeguarding standards at club level'.