Parents, Carers and Guardians
When it comes to anti-doping, you have a vital role in helping your child be clean and stay clean.
Our research highlights why parents matter in clean sport and how they can support athletes' clean sport behaviours.
Achieving success in sport is a long and challenging journey filled with many highs and lows. Parents, carers and guardians can be a great support to athletes along the way.
By being engaged in your child’s sporting career, you see first hand how they cope with the lows, when they have their frustrating moments and when they might be susceptible to external pressure to make the wrong choices.
You may not be aware, but under the Anti-Doping Rules your child is responsible for any prohibited substance they use, attempt to use or is found in their system, even if they had no intention to cheat. Clearly, you have a great role to play in supporting your child to be clean, however there are some rules that also apply to you in terms of maybe knowingly providing them with a supplement which contains a banned substance, for example, or tampering in any part of the process.
You need to understand what this means and how it impacts on you and your child - please visit the helpful links below including the Clean Sport Essentials booklet for Parents and Carers.
For tips on how to support your young sportsperson to navigate their clean sport journey, you can also read this blog, written by UKAD for Working with Parents in Sport.