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.
OUR ROLE IN SAFEGUARDING
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. This is our role:
- 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 policies
Download our policies on Safeguarding Children & Young People and Safeguarding Adults below.
Policies relating to Whistleblowing, Equality, Recruitment, Disciplinary Procedure, E Safety, Complaints and Photography & Filming are available within the employee handbook or upon request.
Responding To Concerns
The following flowcharts outline what to do if you have a concern:
County Durham Sport Safeguarding Officers
Becks Lippe (Designated Safeguarding Lead Officer)
Joe Armstrong (Deputy Safeguarding Lead Officer)
David Shipman (Deputy Designated Person - County Durham Sport Board)
Further information, advice, and guidance on safeguarding issues can be accessed via the below links.