Responding to a concern – adults
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:
- If you're affiliated to a national governing body, refer to their safeguarding procedures about how to deal with concerns. If this isn’t available, report it via their complaints procedure or ring their main contact number.
- If your club or activity isn’t affiliated to a governing body, seek advice from your Active Partnership or your local adults social care team.
- If there's no one else available to help, contact the local police.
- Support is also available via the Ann Craft Trust – they can offer expert advice on any safeguarding issues to providers and participants.
Remember – you can seek advice without disclosing personal details. However, wherever possible, any referrals to social care should be with the consent of the adult.
Ensure you keep a record of your concern and how you responded to it.
No one involved in sport and physical activity, whether they’re a volunteer, participant, spectator or an elite athlete, should ever have to worry about abuse or harassment.