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Safeguarding in sport

Active Surrey promotes the safety and welfare of young and vulnerable people engaged in sport, and is a member of the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership. We influence clubs, coaches and others we work with through safeguarding workshop training and access to other workshops, advice and through our own policy.

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For Parents: choosing a club for your child

Parents in Sport Week highlights the crucial role adults play in shaping children’s attitude to sport, and the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) urges parents to vet any club which they may consider allowing their children to join. To help, you might find the attached pre-joining questions useful, and / or check out the CPSU's website

Clubmark is a national accreditation system for clubs that defines minimum operating standards, including a strong safeguarding policy. Hundreds of Surrey clubs either have Clubmark or are accredited by their National Governing Body’s equivalent scheme. Click here to find accredited clubs currently listed by Sport England.

Other popular links for parents:

CPSU: Video - It’s our game not yours
Martial Arts : Safeguarding code for martial arts
England rugby: Headcase concussion campaign
Swimming: Swim England safeguarding manual
Online safety: Think you Know campaign

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Concerned about the welfare of a child?

  • If you think a child is in immediate danger of abuse contact the police immediately on 999
  • If there's no immediate danger, refer to the club guidelines for reporting and recording concerns
  • Speak to the club's welfare or child protection officer 
  • If there's no immediate danger and you're still unsure of who you need to speak, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 for advice
  • For concerns relating to swimming you can contact Swimline on 0808 100 4001

If you or someone you know experienced sexual abuse as a young footballer, you can ring the free NSPCC football helpline on 0800 023 2642.


For Clubs - resources & advice

Self-assessment for sports clubs

All sports organisations should have processes in place to ensure they provide a safe and welcoming environment for children and young people.

Use the Child Protection is Sport Unit’s safeguarding self-assessment tool  to ensure you are doing everything you can to keep children safe.

Links to further advice for clubs:

General guidance

Duty of care in sport

Safeguarding children

Safeguarding adults

Recognising abuse

Safeguarding in Martial Arts

Safer recruitment & DBS

Recruitment process

Safeguarding training

DBS checks - working with children

DBS checks - working with adults

Induction process for volunteers & coaches

Best practice guides

Managing challenging behaviour

Using social media

Away days, trips & fixtures

Codes of conduct for parents, children, staff

Template forms (TBC)

Additional vulnerabilities

Deaf & disabled children  

Talented & Elite athletes  

LGBT+ young people  

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Contact our safeguarding officer

Active Surrey's safeguarding policy is available to view but if you are worried about the safety of a young person taking part in an AS-run activity or any sport please contact (in confidence):

Lawrie Baker (Strategic Relationships Manager & Safeguarding Lead Officer)
Direct line: 07791 383733
Main switchboard: 01483 518944

We take the welfare of children and young people very seriously and have procedures in place to deal with any concerns raised.