Safeguarding

We’re committed to ensuring that children and adults can enjoy sport and physical activity safe from harm, abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect

A young girl walks along a bridge made from her fellow gymnast's interlinked arms

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: