Guidance for children & young people

What’s all the fuss about?

Sport is brilliant – it gives you the opportunity to make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do! But for a few children the fun is spoilt by people who do or say things during sporting activities that hurt or frighten them. What these children are experiencing may be child abuse. And they may feel they have no one to talk to about it...or that no one will listen to them or believe what they say.

Active Cumbria wants to do everything it can to stop these things happening, and help those who may be affected. This is called ‘Safeguarding & Child Protection’.

Who does it help? Safeguarding & Child Protection is for all young people under 18 regardless of colour, beliefs, sexuality, disability or anything else. Everyone should be safe from harm.

Where can I get help?

Here’s some advice if you think you are being abused, or have been in the past:

  • Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be a parent or someone else in your family, a teacher, a coach or school counsellor, your doctor or school nurse.
  • Contact one of the Safeguarding & Child Protection Helplines listed on our contacts page
  • Active Cumbria have a designated welfare officer Richard Johnston who can talk to you about your worries.
  • Make sure you’re not alone again with the person who is or has triying to harm you.

Children and young people can call ChildLine confidentially on 0800 1111 or visit to find out more about how to seek help.

For more information on safeguarding in sport within Cumbria please contact Russell Maddams Lead Welfare Officer at Active Cumbria 07909537638