County Durham Sport is committed to making sport a safer place for children, young people and adults to participate in. We firmly believe that everyone has the right to take part in sport free from harm, bullying or persecution and that sport can play a significant role in the social, emotional, physical and moral development of children, young people and adults.
The safeguarding section of our website contains information on what to do if you are concerned over the welfare of a child, young person or adult in sport in County Durham, lots of useful resources for clubs, coaches, volunteers and parents/carers to use to support local sports delivery and lots of useful links and contacts for organisations that can provide additional advice and resources on safeguarding children, young people and adults in sport.
We take our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk very seriously and it is a fundamental part of all aspects of our work. We aim to raise awareness of safeguarding issues and support those working in sport to give them the knowledge and guidance they need to help to protect vulnerable groups and minimise risks.
County Durham Sport works closely with the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), NSPCC and the Ann Craft Trust (ACT) to ensure that we have the necessary standards in place to help create safe environments for children, young people and adults at risk to be physically active.
As an Active Partnership, we produce an annual safeguarding plan and are subject to annual reviews with the CPSU to ensure we are making good progress against our safeguarding action plan and continually improving our own safeguarding practices, as well developing and improving how we support others to protect children, young people and adults at risk.
County Durham Sport is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults engaged in sporting and physical activities locally. We aim to do this by:
- A strong internal safeguarding culture: Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice internally through correct policies and practice, access to training for staff and time and resource allocated to this area of work.
- Supporting safe events, programmes and clubs through working with partners to ensure minimum safeguarding standards are in place through Service Level Agreements, training, advice and guidance.
- Raising awareness and promoting safeguarding practice and principles throughout our partnerships and networks.
- Acting as ambassadors and brokering relationships between sports, physical activity and wider safeguarding partners.
County Durham Sport’s Board of Trustees endorses these aims, and supports the core staff team in this work and the development of an annual action plan.
You can download a copy of the County Durham Sport Safeguarding Children Policy here.
You can download a copy of the County Durham Sport Safeguarding Adults Policy here . (Links open in a new window).
Further information, advice, and guidance on safeguarding issues can be accessed via the below links.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING: CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Sport is fun! It gives you the opportunity to make new friends and try out new activities. However, for a few children the fun is spoiled by adults who do or say things during sporting activities or at other times that hurt or frighten them. We want to make sure the sports you are playing are safe!
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING ADULTS AT RISK
County Durham Sport have a responsibility and are committed to safeguarding the welfare of adults at risk involved in sport and physical activity across County Durham.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING ADULTS WITH ADDITIONAL VULNERABILITIES & SUPPORT NEEDS
Information designed to help sports clubs and organisations to support individuals with additional needs or vulnerabilities so that they participate in sport and physical activity.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING: CLUBS, COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS
We work with sports clubs to support them in being a safe environment for children and young people.
GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING: PARENTS & CARERS
It is your right as a parent or carer to be able to check how well a sports club is run, for the sake of your child’s safety and your peace of mind.
SAFEGUARDING: MARTIAL ARTS
Safeguarding should be a top priority for all those involved in every sport. This is why Sport England have brought leading bodies from Safeguarding together with the Martial Arts sector to launch the Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts.
Have concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or vulnerable adult? Find the relevant contact information here.
This section contains downloadable resources and guidance documents for those working with children and young people or adults at risk in sport, including guidance on what to do if your worried a child is being abused.
Information and contact details of organisations providing Safeguarding training opportunities.