Promoting Sport & Physical Activity

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Active Sussex is committed to the welfare of children, young people & vulnerable adults engaged in sport. Our Active Sussex Safeguarding Policy and appendices provides more information about our own procedures and guidance around the following;

  • Minimum standards for Safeguarding
  • Self-Declaration and Disclosure Form
  • Contact details (including details of vulnerable adult boards)
  • Dealing with concerns/allegations about the welfare of a young person
  • Reporting process
  • Incident report form
  • Photography/video policy and guidance
  • Photography/video consent forms
  • Electronic communication protocols
  • Social Media guidance
  • Information sharing flowchart
  • Duty of care guidance
  • Managing challenging behaviour
  • Resources regarding vulnerability of certain groups of children

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 appropriate contacts and what to do.

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 665590

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

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

CPSU  – courses and events – held across the UK

CPSU – useful resources: Including event managment 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

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. 

For more information please contact:

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Strategic Lead - Physical Activity

01273 644 154 / 07760 164001

Gemma is the strategic lead for physical activity and health managing stakeholder relations and taking an insight led focus on inactive populations. She acts as the Disability & Safeguarding lead, and heads up the CSP Intelligence Programme.