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Safeguarding in sport

Active Surrey is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of young and vulnerable people engaged in sport. We strive to influence those that we work with through workshop training, offering advice and by demonstrating best practice 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
The Football Association : Help for parents
England rugby: Headcase concussion campaign
Swimming: Swim England safeguarding manual
Online safety: Think you Know campaign

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For Clubs - resources

Active Surrey Child Protection toolkit

Guidance on recognising abuse, what to do and the policies you need to have in place – with examples

Safeguarding adults in sport

A resource pack outlining best practice when looking after adults with additional needs

Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB)

Find out how to apply for a DBS safety check when volunteering or coaching young people.

Department for Education guidance

‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ - official advice on the legal responsibilities.



NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit

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The CPSU aims to safeguard young people and enable sports organisations to lead the way in keeping children safe from harm. Clubs may wish to check out their online Child Protection in Sport course.

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Following recent news articles, the NSPCC have also launched a hotline for anyone who needs support around the subject of child abuse in football - you can call 0800 023 2642 to speak confidentially to an experienced professional.


Contact our safeguarding officer

Active Surrey's safeguardng 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 (Sport Operations Manager)
Direct line: 01483 518957
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.