Child protection and safeguarding in sport

Every day millions of people participate in sport; such as coaches, athletes, volunteers, referees and organisers. For the majority, this is a positive experience that develops social networks, confidence, skills and knowledge. For others the experience is negative.
Child safeguarding in sport has been given too little attention by many clubs, organisations, funding bodies and governments for a considerable amount of time. The most common reactions being that it does not happen, is someone else’s responsibility or is an isolated incident. These three attitudes are often classified as:
  • denial
  • blame
  • minimisation

These typical responses leave children, coaches, clubs, sports bodies, funding bodies  and governments isolated, vulnerable and, in the long term, severely affected.

Safeguarding children has both a preventive and reactive component; ensuring effective policies, practices and procedures are in place to limit harm occurring, as well as having measures in place to report, investigate and deal with suspicions and incidents.

This section is designed to provide more information on child safeguarding and - by linking with our Toolkit section - the necessary tools to develop and implement a culture that includes practices, procedures and policies. These practices, procedures and policies are to ensure that all who participate in sport remain safe, have fun and learn.

What is child safeguarding?

Read more about child protection and safeguarding in sport and sport and development Learn more

Putting the safeguards into practice

Read more information on the eight safeguards and find out what they are Learn more

History of safeguarding in sport

Read more about the evolution of safeguarding in sport, sport and development as well as current initiatives Learn more

Additionally vulnerable

Read more about participants that are at greater risk without safeguarding measures Learn more

What is acceptable in sport and development?

Read case studies to begin thinking about what is acceptable Learn more

Glossary of key terms

Read more on key terms and phrases Learn more
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