Active Essex believes that all people have the right to take part in sport and related physical activities free from harm and abuse. We recognise that children and vulnerable adults are at increased risk and that their protection is of paramount importance.

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    Safeguarding is the general term for the protection of children and other vulnerable people from exploitation and abuse by others. Sport and physical recreation activities often place individuals in a position of significant influence over children and vulnerable people. A high level of trust is placed on such individuals by parents, carers and the participants themselves. In the vast majority of cases that level of trust is more than repaid through the commitment, dedication and selflessness of people involved in organising and delivering sport. But occasionally that trust can be abused. All organisations and individuals involved in sport should be aware of the risks and act promptly to deal with any concern. On other parts of the Safeguarding main page you will find useful information on safeguarding matters including what to do if you have a concern.

Safeguarding in Sport Newsletter

Every adult working with young and at-risk people in sport knows how important safeguarding is, and despite best intentions keeping up-to-date is difficult because we often feel overwhelmed with information. At Active Essex we understand this, so our Safeguarding newsletters will just take a very… Read more »


Additional Vulnerabilities

Additional Vulnerabilities: Many people are additionally at risk within sport because of their personal situations. This may include: Deafness or other language barriers, disability or intellectual impairment, diversity issues (LGBT+), or elite performance issues, amongst others.  Below is a list of a few links that… Read more »


Anti-Bullying Leaflet

Active Essex Anti-Bullying leaflet – a resource specifically for young people


DBS Checks

Formerly known as CRB checks The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers and those who engage the services of volunteers to make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaced both the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)… Read more »


Deal with a Concern

There are lots of places you can go for support if you have a concern. The important thing is that, even if you are unsure, you talk to someone and get advice. (Don’t worry if you are unsure who to contact from this list, all… Read more »


Our Safeguarding Policies

Everyone has the right to participate in sport and physical activity free from harm and abuse.


Raising a Concern & Accessing our Safeguarding Policies

Link – Dealing with a Concern  Link – Accessing our Safeguarding Policies 


Safeguarding Advice

Advice for Clubs It is extremely important for sports clubs to adopt and apply good practice when dealing with children and adults with care and support needs and ensure their safety is paramount. Every sports club should have a safeguarding policy along with a designated safeguarding… Read more »