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Reporting Concerns

If you have any concerns regarding the well-being of an individual within a sporting environment the relevant safeguarding contacts can be found here.

Reporting Information

In an emergency call 999.

You can also contact the Sussex Police Child Protection Team by dialling 101.

Active Sussex Safeguarding officers:

  • Nick Chellel – Lead Safeguarding Officer (LSO) for Children & Young People – nchellel@activesussex.org / 07766 894494
  • Gemma Finlay-GrayLead Adult Safeguarding Officer and Deputy Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for Children & Young People / gfinlay-gray@activesussex.org / 07760 164001

Please note these officers will act as deputy in the others absence.

Please scroll down to find the relevant local contacts should you have a safeguarding concern about a child or an adult.

Safeguarding Children in Sussex

Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures website

If you are worried about a child or teenager who might be at risk of harm or in danger, please contact the following statuary agencies dependent on your location.


Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)/ Front Door for Families: FrontDoorForFamilies@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk / 01273 290400

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO): LADOenquiries@brighton-hove.gov.uk 

Emergency Duty Service:01273 335905/06


West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm –MASH@westsussex.gov.uk / 01403 229900

Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO): Donna Tomlinson and Miriam Williams

To make a referral or have a consultation with the LADO please email LADO@westsussex.gov.uk or call their dedicated phone line on 0330 222 6450

Emergency team – all other times, including nights, weekends and bank holidays: 0330 222 6664


East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership

Single Point of Advice (SPoA) Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm and Fri 8.30am-4.30pm: 0-19.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk / 01323 464222

Out of Hours Social Care ServiceChildren’s services: 01273 335905/6

Local Authority Designated Officer Referral: Lado referral form

Safeguarding Adults at risk in Sussex

Brighton & Hove City Council Adult Social Care – 01273 295555

West Sussex County Council Adult services – 01243 642121

East Sussex County Council Adult social care & health – 0345 60 80 191

Sussex Multi-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults at Risk

National bodies

National Governing Body of Sport Safeguarding Leads – To find who the safeguarding lead for your sport is please click here.

Our Safeguarding resources page contains key information about National partners and relevant safeguarding resources. 

If you are an individual participating in sport and physical activity and something doesn’t feel quite right, take a look at our Staying Safe in Sport page.

Nick Chellel

Strategic Workforce Officer

Nick is the Strategic Workforce Officer for Active Sussex, leading on workforce development for Active Sussex and the implementation of the Workforce Delivery Plan. Nick leads on projects such as the Workforce Investment Fund, Coach Core and Project 500, and is also the CYP Safeguarding Lead Officer for Active Sussex.

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Strategic Relationship Manager

Gemma is the organisation's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) lead, with responsibility for relationship management of key strategic stakeholders in relation to EDI, to support equal access and quality opportunities to physical activity in Sussex. She oversees the Sussex Disability Sports Network and the This Girl Can Sussex Network. In addition she is the Lead Adult Safeguarding Officer, Deputy CYP Safeguarding Officer and will have oversight of the Sport Welfare Officer project in Sussex

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