Promoting Sport & Physical Activity

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Active Sussex is committed to the welfare of children, young people & adults engaged in sport and physical activity. Our Active Sussex Safeguarding Children Policy and Active Sussex Safeguarding Adults Policy provides more information about our own procedures and guidance which other organisations can use to help create their own policy and procedures. 

Editable versions of our policy templates are available on request.

If you are a young person please visit our Stay Safe in Sport page.

If you are worried about the safety of a child or young person, please visit our Reporting Concerns page which lists the appropriate contacts and what to do.

If you are a parent there are lots of useful resources here.

Lead organisations working to safeguard young people & adults at risk in sport:

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) – supporting sport & leisure organisations to minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities. Helpline: 01163 665580

Ann Craft Trust (ACT) – developing best practice for the safeguarding of adults in sport. Information line 0115 951 5400 

Disclosure and Barring Service – replaces Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) & Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) DBS helpline: 03000 200 190

Department for Education – statutory guidance report: ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’

Safeguarding training opportunities for staff & volunteers:

NSPCC Safeguarding in Sport – online training offering an introduction to more advanced face-to-face safeguarding training

UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children – regular workshops organised by Active Sussex

UK Coaching Safeguarding deaf and disabled children in sport – elearning course

CPSU  – courses and events – held across the UK

CPSU – useful resources: Including event management tools, briefing papers, good practice advice, standards & frameworks 

Time to Listen – Safeguarding training for Club Welfare officers. Courses are delivered via the Sports National Governing Body or Active Sussex

Child Sexual Exploitation in Sport – explores how child sexual exploitation can go unrecognised and how it affects young people, parents and coaches. Provided by Educare in partnership with NWG funded by Sport England and does have a CPD.

The following animation has been produced to help anyone involved in delivering sport or activities to children and young people.

It shows the difference between child protection and safeguarding in a sports setting and looks in more depth at how children and young people can be further protected beyond their time at training sessions.

It takes a closer look at contextual safeguarding and how. By looking at where young people practice skills in their spare time, how they travel to practice or where they go afterwards, we can help to make them even safer.

My magic sports kit!

Children in different sports describe how they seem to be magically transformed into professional adult athletes when they compete. In this video, they remind parents to just treat them as kids having fun: “It’s our game, not yours.”

More information about positively supporting children in sport can be found here with some useful downloads under ‘Useful Resources’ to the right. 

Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts

The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts recognises clubs or providers in England who have reached and maintain excellent safeguarding standards. Governing bodies, associations, organisations, franchisers and activity deliverers can work towards attaining recognition along with clubs and individual instructors, coaches and teachers outside of a club structure.

The scheme empowers parents/carers and educational establishments to make informed decisions when selecting a club or provider for their child/children, young people or adults in their care.

For more information please contact:

Nick Chellel

Nick Chellel

Strategic Workforce Officer

07766 894494

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 is also the CYP Safeguarding Lead Officer for Active Sussex.