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.
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
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.
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:
Safer recruitment & DBS
Best practice guides
Template forms (TBC)
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.