We all have a role to play in keeping others safe and people should know what to do if they have any concerns. That’s why we're working to support parents, carers, organisations, associations, clubs, activity providers, instructors/teachers/coaches and leaders to safeguard children and adults at risk.
Reporting or responding to a concern
If you think a child is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, you should call the emergency services on 999. You can also ring the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 to report immediate risks.
It's important to remember that the welfare of the child is paramount. However, it's not up to you to decide whether or not a child has been abused, but to report concerns appropriately. For more detailed guidance, please click here.
If you think an adult is in immediate danger or requires medical attention, you should call the emergency services on 999. Wherever possible let the adult know what you’re doing.
If the adult is not in immediate danger or injured, wherever possible you should discuss your concerns with the adult and look together at what should happen next. For more detailed guidance, please click here.
Safeguarding for schools and leisure providers
If you lease or rent your facility to a sports provider or club, it’s essential that you check with them to ensure that safeguarding is taking place.
If you have been affected by abuse in sport or in other contexts and would like more information or access to support, there are a number of specialist services are available in England.
Safeguarding Advisory Panel
Recognising the need to work with and learn from people with lived experiences, we've established an Advisory Panel comprising individuals with lived experience of abuse, and others with experience of working in organisations hoping to combat abuse.
By establishing the panel, we aim to ensure that those individuals who've suffered abuse and exploitation within sport, not only have a voice but can also help to improve safeguarding provision in sport and activity for children, young people and adults at risk.
The Whyte Review
Together with UK Sport, we co-commissioned a fully independent review into allegations of abuse in gymnastics.
The Review was led by Anne Whyte QC, and it heard from individual gymnasts, parents, carers or guardians of gymnasts, gymnastics coaches, British Gymnastics staff or former staff and any other organisations and individuals who wanted to provide information.
The Review was published on 16 June 2022 and is available to read on the Whyte Review website.
Please note: The Review concerns some sensitive and upsetting information. For some, including those who have personal experience of harm or abuse, this may be distressing.