Safeguarding at Active Essex
Deal with a Concern
- Click here for advice:
- 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 of these organisation will support you to get the right help):
- Is there immediate danger or injury?
If yes – Contact the emergency services, Police and/or Ambulance Service
- Report or seek advice on a sports related concern:
If the sport or activity has a National Governing Body, refer to their safeguarding procedures about who to report the concern to.
See here for NGB contacts: www.sportengland.org/our-work/national-work/national-governing-bodies/sports-that-we-recognise
- If there is no NGB or you cannot contact them, you can seek support from a number of sources:
Child Protection in Sport Unit (NSPCC): https://thecpsu.org.uk/
Active Essex: 03330 137 827
Essex Social Care: 03456 037 630
- Report or seek advice on a non-sports related concern:
Contact Essex Social Care: 08456 037 627
- Essex Safeguarding Boards:
Essex Safeguarding Adults Board: www.essexsab.org.uk
Essex Safeguarding Children Board: 0345 603 7627 www.escb.co.uk/
- Southend-on-Sea Safeguarding Board:
- Thurrock Safeguarding:
Jim Messenger, Safeguarding Lead Officer
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.
Active Essex Safeguarding Policies