Sports & Leisure

CPSU Self-Assessment Tool

We are encouraging all sports facilities and clubs to check out their own safeguarding by using this simple NSPCC tool:

Please return your actions to:

Sexual Abuse and Sports

There has been much publicity recently regarding sports coaches and sexual abuse.  All sports organisations and parents need to be aware of the possibility of sexual abuse and be vigilant at all times.

Sporting Organisations

All organisations, including voluntary and public sector settings providing sporting activities for children and young people, should have the following in place:

Safeguarding Policy

The policy must be clear and ensures a safe and positive environment is provided. The policy should set out the duty of care towards the C&YP and be publicised, promoted and is compulsory for all staff and volunteers. The policy must be reviewed regularly and kept up to date

Code of Conduct

Setting out what is appropriate and acceptable behaviour from all staff members is the key element of the code of conduct. This code must also be aimed at parents and children themselves.

Preventative Arrangements

Policies and procedures must be established and actively enforced.  Safe Recruitment of both paid and volunteer staff must be followed.  DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks are not enough to satisfy the recruitment of individuals working with CYP; references must be checked, taster sessions for potential employees/volunteers must be encouraged, as well as ensuring all staff members have undergone safeguarding training.  All organisations must follow a safe recruitment process. If organisations do not have a safe recruitment policy, they must follow their Local Safeguarding Boards procedure.

Reporting Abuse Procedure and Systems

Step-by-step guidance must be provided to all staff members and volunteers should they be concerned about a child or young person or an allegation is made against another staff member.  There must be at least two Designated Safeguarding Officers in any given setting. A clear line of accountability and reporting procedure must be established.  Professionals must be aware of who they need to report to should they be concerned and what the procedure of this entails. This also includes a clear procedure on Whistleblowing.  Please refer to your organisation's whistleblowing policy.

Recording/Monitoring System

 All incidents, allegations of abuse and complaints must be recorded and clubs should have arrangements in place to monitor that these are in line with the Child Protection Policy. Any incident must be recorded in writing.

Voice of the child

Sports settings need to establish a culture where children feel able to talk to adults they trust about anything that’s bothering them at their sports club – whether that’s day-to-day worries about not being picked for the team, or more serious concerns about inappropriate behaviour.

Information for Parents

All parents need to feel confident about asking questions regarding safeguarding at the club or setting and about individuals who will be supervising their children.  Questions should include the following:

  • What safeguarding procedures does the club have in place?
  • What checks are done on the staff, sessional and freelance coaches and volunteers who will have contact with the children?
  • What training have the manager and staff had with regards to child protection and safeguarding?
  • Who is the Designated Safeguarding Officer?
  • Ask to see the code of conduct for staff and ask if there is a version for parents and children

If you are concerned about your child or any child in the context of a sporting environment please contact:

Kingston SPA - 020 8547 5008

Richmond SPA - 020 8547 5008

Kingston & Richmond LSCB - 0208 831 6323

More information can be found here: 

The NSPCC Safeguarding in Sport Unit

Sport England


If your sports group does not have a defibrillator (an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart) and would benefit from one you may find it helpful to visit the sites below to explore obtaining one:

There may be funding via British Heart Foundation if the defibrillator would be stored in a publically accessible location 24/7:

Other possibilities as follows: (in an application to the small grants fund you would need to describe the reasons why you would need one - i.e. sporting risk, and why you are unable to fund this yourself).

Advice regarding contacts to the London Ambulance Service

The Child Death Overview Panel noted learning that in the event of a medical emergency at school, callers should have a portable phone available to them to call from with the person affected, to enable timely updates on the patients status and to be guided as to first aid. The advice issued to schools may also have applicability for sports clubs so please see below for more advice on contacting the London Ambulance Service in an emergency please read the below documents:

Letter to schools with guidance

Ringing 999 for ambulance guidance

Safeguarding in the Performing Arts

The NSPCC has updated its website to include advice on keeping children safe in music, drama, dance, television and theatre. The advice covers making the environment as safe as possible for children and young people; ensuring children are properly supervised by the right people; and following the relevant legislation and guidance for child performers. The NSPCC is developing a new online training course for protecting children in the entertainment industry. 

Find out more here: