28th November 2023
Active Sussex celebrates meeting the highest rating for safeguarding
Active Sussex has received the highest rating of MET in its recent annual Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) Safeguarding review.
The safeguarding review provides the opportunity to review the delivery and impact of the Active Sussex Safeguarding Implementation plan, to identify areas of progress and areas for development and improvement.
Every Active Partnership is required to complete the annual CPSU review as a funding requirement and to ensure minimum safeguarding standards are being met.
Nick Chellel, Lead Safeguarding Officer for Children and Young People said: “The annual CPSU safeguarding review provides a fantastic opportunity for us to review the delivery of the Active Sussex Safeguarding Implementation plan, to celebrate our progress and achievements, whilst also identifying areas for improvement and future development.
“It’s a really useful process and one that’s critical to helping to ensure safe, quality, sport and physical activity provision is customary practice across the county.
“We look forward to making further improvements in 2024 and are excited by the recruitment of the Sports Welfare Officers to contribute to the trust’s safeguarding work.”
Chief Executive of Active Sussex, Sadie Mason MBE, said: “I am delighted that Active Sussex continues to be recognised as a beacon of good practice in the sphere of Safeguarding and Welfare by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
“Their top rating, which has been afforded to our work year on year, is testament to the importance Active Sussex places on ensuring the opportunities provided through its delivery partners are such that participants will feel safe and included, as we know these aspects can act as barriers to being active if not openly addressed.
“We look forward to continuing our advocacy and guidance and supporting partners and participants to have a safe and enjoyable experience however they choose to be active.”
The safeguarding review required the completion of a self assessment and the completion of the pre-review documentation, followed by a review meeting with the CPSU.
The review was attended by the Active Sussex Lead Safeguarding Officers, the Active Sussex CEO and the Safeguarding Board Champion.
As part of the review the Active Sussex Lead Safeguarding Officers delivered a 20 minute presentation, showcasing the highlights and challenges from the trust’s safeguarding work over the past year.
This was an opportunity to share progress made within the new Sussex School Games programme, the Active Sussex Children & Young People Investment Fund and Coach Core Sussex.
The feedback from CPSU was overwhelmingly positive, with specific reference made to the quality of the reporting documents provided, that safeguarding practices are well embedded within the organisation and the significant work taking place around youth voice.