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Protecting Children and Young People

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 workshops and other training, advice and through our own policy

For Parents

Choosing the right club for your child is a very important decision; your child’s safety is paramount and their enjoyment of their chosen sport or activity will be influenced by their experiences. You might find this 'Questions for parents' sheet useful when considering a club for your child, as well as these pages on the NSPCC’s website useful.

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 helpful links for parents:

For clubs - resources and 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


The Child Protection in Sport Unit have a huge library of resources from template policies/documents and research papers, to webinars, videos and podcasts dealing with a wide range of safeguarding issues.

Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership has a wide range of training and other advice on their website which may be helpful for clubs.

The National Working Group has a comprehensive library of resources on a very wide range of topics linked to safeguarding/child exploitation.

Any child or young person in distress in Surrey can contact Kooth for free mental health support.

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 Active Surrey-run activity or any sport please contact (in confidence):

Lawrie Baker (Head of Strategic Relationships & Safeguarding Lead Officer)
Direct line: 07791 383733
Main switchboard: 01483 518944
Email: lawrie.baker@surreycc.gov.uk

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