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Coronavirus Safeguarding

In light of Covid-19 please see below some safeguarding advice and good practice guidance 

Please visit our Active at Home Workforce page for online delivery hints and tips as well as information about online safeguarding courses to ensure you are still undertaking the relevant training.

The following documents have been created to support the workforce when delivering online session:

National organisation support

Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is working virtually and is available to provide advice and guidance through their enquiry system on their website.

They have pulled together all their latest information and resources for those in the sports sector here. Including information on;

  • Remote coaching
  • Virtual classroom
  • Changes to DBS
  • Mental health and wellbeing

They have also worked with the NSPCC  to develop 5 Steps to update your safeguarding policies and procedures


The NSPCC are still here for children, and still here to support you. 

Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child, the NSPCC are here to help. With schools closed and children spending more time at home, you might have spotted something that’s worrying you. Talk to the NSPCC – they can help. It’s free and you don’t have to say who you are.

If you’re worried about a child, or need advice and support, talk to the NSPCC helpline about your concerns on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk 

They have also have some information on how to protect children form online abuse which may be more prevalent at this time. 

The NSPCC and O2 have also published safety advice on their Net Aware site, which provides a guide to social network, apps and games that children may use and an expert view of the risks, and some top tips when it’s used.

It provides details on services that are currently being used such as ZoomYouTube Kids and House Party

We encourage that parents supervise their children whenever they are using video social networking apps.  


Please continue to recommend Childline to the young people in your clubs and activities on 0800 1111

We also have some useful contacts on our Stay Safe in Sport page for children and young people.  

Ann Craft Trust

The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is provided lots of useful advice to keep you and the people you care for safe and informed during lockdown and beyond. 

If you don’t have a Safeguarding Adults Policy in place, then please visit our safeguarding page to see the polices and procedures you should consider adopting.   

Every Wednesday between 12.00pm – 1.00pm the ACT will host a dedicated safeguarding hour on Twitter. This is an opportunity to ask questions and get the support from the wider safeguarding community online. Join @AnnCraftTrust and tag your questions with #ACTSafeguardingHour 

National Working Group

The National Working Group (NWG) is always happy to answer any questions regarding any area of child exploitation that you may be concerned about. Visit the website of contact the NWG Safeguarding in Sport Lead – kev@nwgnetwork.org


East Sussex Keeping Children Safe Social Media Toolkit

The ‘Keeping Children Safe – Social Media Toolkit‘ for East Sussex, provides a set of themed messages that address the key causes of childhood unintentional injuries. The toolkit aims to support organisations, services, groups and individuals across the county to make use of the social media messaging, images, video links and newsletter text throughout your own communication channels. #safechildrentogether


Please note that we are continually updating our Active at Home pages daily, adding new information and resources as things progress and change with the coronavirus outbreak.

For more information please contact:

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Strategic Relationship Manager

07760 164001

Gemma is responsible for managing key strategic stakeholder relations to tackle physical inactivity across Sussex, with a focus on increasing levels of physical activity for people with a disability, those from lower socio-economic groups, and women and girls. She oversees the Sussex Disability Sports Network, is the Lead Adult Safeguarding Officer, Deputy CYP Safeguarding Officer, Equalities lead and acts as the Active Partnership’s Human Resources lead.