Safeguarding at Active Essex

Deal with a Concern


Jim Messenger, Safeguarding Lead Officer 

03330 137 827 | Email


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

Safeguarding is the general term for the protection of people from exploitation and abuse by others.

Sport and physical recreation activities often place individuals in a position of significant influence over other 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 sports and activities, 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.

In other parts of this safeguarding section you will find useful information on safeguarding matters including what to do if you have a concern.


Introduction to Safeguarding Adults in Sport

As well as having policies and procedures for protecting children and young people it is good practice for sport and activity organisations to create, adopt and implement an adult safeguarding policy.

You should ensure all of your committee members, leaders, coaches, members and participants understand the foundations of implementing the policy and how to spot and act upon concerns.

The video below discusses the key principles of safeguarding adults, including empowerment accountability and protection.

The video provides top tips for dealing with a safeguarding issue and links to wider advice and information.


The links below provide access to further support and advice on Safeguarding Adults Policies.

  • Safeguarding-Adults-in-Sport-and-Activity-The-Essentials.pdf (
  • Safeguarding Adults Policy & Procedures Templates – Ann Craft Trust

    Active Essex Safeguarding Policies