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Safeguarding Children in Sports

Children and young people face risks in all aspects of their life – and recent events reported in the press highlights that sport is no different. Safeguarding children in sport is vital to ensuring that they have a safe and enjoyable experience. This, in turn, will contribute to children achieving all of the benefits that sport has to offer and sets the right foundation to improve the chances that they will remain involved in sport throughout their lives.

So whatever your role in sport, as a young person, parent, coach, or member of the management committee, you have a part to play.

Information for Parents and Young People

The NSPCCs Child Protection in Sport Unit has a wealth of information to assist parents in choosing the right sport’s club or activity for their child. Their ‘What to look for in a sports club’ page offers helpful suggestions about questions to ask to ensure that adequate safeguarding measures are in place in your chosen club.

Information for Sports Clubs

In England, Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance places a statutory responsibility on all organisations providing services to children, including sports bodies. Chapter 2 outlines each organisations responsibility to have in place arrangements that reflect the importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Supplementary to the above guidance is the Code for Sports Governance that was launched on 31 October 2016. The Code has three tiers and applies to any organisation seeking funding from Sport England or UK Sport, regardless of size and sector, including national governing bodies of sport, clubs, charities and local authorities.

The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit has developed a suite of useful resources to support sports clubs to assess their organisation’s safeguarding practices via a Self-Assessment Tool and to develop and implement robust Safeguarding Policies and Procedures.

How your Local Safeguarding Children Board can support your organisation

Cheshire West and Chester Safeguarding Children Board are keen to support all sport’s organisations to provide a safe and fun environment in which children can flourish. Our Policy, Practice and Standards sub-group will review your Safeguarding Policy and offer advice to ensure it achieves required standards and is consistent with local arrangements for reporting concerns about children and allegations in relation to Adult’s working with Children. We are also on hand to discuss your training requirements and can offer bespoke courses (at cost) to support organisations if required.

For further information please contact us

Reporting Concerns:

If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or children in any sports setting you can contact:

  • Cheshire West and Chester Integrated Access and Referral Team on 0300 123 7047 or the out of hours Service on 01244 977 277.
  • Cheshire Police on 101 or in an emergency 999
  • NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or online at
  • Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or online at

You can also go direct to the club federations for advice:

The Football Association have produced a video detailing the reporting process for anyone worried about a child in youth football. It contains helpful information for parents and Carers.