Everyone involved in sport and activity, whether they are a volunteer, participant, spectator or an elite athlete, should never have to worry about abuse or harassment.
Safeguarding in sport is the process of protecting children and adults from harm by providing a safe space in which to play sport and be active.
Everyone has a role to play in keeping others safe and people should know what to do if they have any concerns. A key part of child safeguarding is spreading the message about keeping children safe and building a culture of always acting in the best interest of all children.
One important difference between safeguarding adults and safeguarding children is that, as well as focusing on creating processes and systems to safeguard, there also needs to be a culture that consults with adults on every decision that affects them. Adults can of course make their own decisions, so it's important to keep them well informed.
Advice to help you safeguard
We're working to support parents, carers, organisations, associations, clubs, activity providers and instructors/teachers/coaches and leaders to safeguard children and adults at risk. Please click through to whichever guidance below best matches your role for relevant advice:
- Parents and carers Guidance for parents or carers who want to know how to keep their child safe in sport.
- Martial arts Get up to speed with the new safeguarding code in martial arts and achieve the very best safeguarding standards.
- Organisations, associations and bodies Advice for organisations and associations involved in the management and development of sport and physical activity.
- Clubmark Learn more about Clubmark, a cross-sport accreditation scheme for community sport clubs.
- Companies and non-traditional sports Safeguarding advice for sports or activity providers who aren't affiliated to a national governing body.
- Sign-posters Advice for those who guide children and young people to sport and physical activity.
- 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.