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Strengthening safeguarding and welfare across sport

Strengthening safeguarding and welfare across sport

Active Partnerships, including Active Sussex, welcome the role of helping implement the commitments published this week by Sport England and UK Sport in response to the Whyte Review, designed to strengthen participant and athlete wellbeing across sport.

The Whyte Review is the independent report, which was co-commissioned by Sport England and UK Sport in 2020 following allegations of abuse and mistreatment in the sport of gymnastics.

The two organisations published 19 commitments across five areas that include coaching and workforce support, performance athlete support, good governance, dispute resolution and creating safer the funding of a national network of welfare officers to promote good practice and safe sport at a local level.

The full list is available to read on the Whyte Review section of Sport Englands website.

The Active Partnership Network is focused on supporting the creation of a national network of local and regional welfare officers who will work with National Governing Bodies of Sport and their network of local clubs to promote good practice and safe sport on a local level.  It will involve working with partners in the co design of the role ensuring we incorporate their knowledge and experience.

Active Sussex is looking forward to working alongside our fellow Active Partnerships, Sport England, National Governing Bodies of Sport and other key partners to develop this important work and will be able to share more in the coming months.

Active Sussex will be delivering a session on the Whyte Review recommendations at the West Sussex ‘Safe to Play’ launch event on 15 February 2023 2-4pm. 

Further learning and resources

CPSU Keeping Your Child Safe in Sport Campaign

West Sussex County Council Safe Clubs for Children Campaign

Active Sussex Safeguarding Webpages

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