Safeguarding in British Sport

What is Safeguarding?

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) sets out guidance for organization’s and individuals working with children in the UK. This includes volunteers and voluntary organization’s.

Safeguarding is the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined by the UK government as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding in Sport

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has responsibility in England for supporting sport agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The CPSU provides the policy framework for safeguarding in sport in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and also provides many resources for sport agencies and communities.