Safeguarding Adults - Advice for the public

Safeguarding adults is a responsibility for every sport and physical activity organisation. Getting it right ensures wider and safer participation in sports and activity for all.

Sport England are committed to ensuring that adults can enjoy sport and physical activity safe from harm, abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect. Sport England has commissioned the Ann Craft Trust to help National Governing Bodies, Active Partnerships (like Active Cumbria), regional partnerships and sport and activity organisations to develop best practice in safeguarding adults at risk. Providers also need to develop a culture that consults with adults on every decision that affects them. Adults can of course make their own decisions, so it's important to keep them well informed.

What to look for in a Sports Club or Activity Provider?

When looking for a quality Sports Club or Activity Provider there are some best practise requirements to look for:

  • A safeguarding adults policy and procedures document which sets out the best practice framework for an organisation to respond to safeguarding concerns and promotes the importance of safeguarding adults throughout the whole organisation. You should be advised how you can access the policy
  • Policies relating to the welfare of participants, staff and volunteers.
  • A named and contactable safeguarding or welfare officer responsible for the implementation of their safeguarding policy and issues regarding the protection of children or young people
  • Procedures for dealing with complaints or concerns regarding poor practice, abuse or neglect
  • Written standards of good practice, such as a code of conduct or behaviour
  • A consent and emergency details form that you must return to the club
  • Safe recruitment procedures that include: a clear job description, appropriate references, criminal records checks (e.g. DBS) for relevant posts and technical qualifications
  • Access to appropriate safeguarding or child protection training for its staff and volunteers.

If you have concerns: 

If you have concerns about a club, group or facility please speak to the club safeguarding officer in the first instance or see information on the Cumbria Safeguarding Adults Board