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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 vulnerable adults are at increased risk and that their protection is of paramount importance.

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 sports an 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.

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.

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:

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Safeguarding during Covid19

We are here to support you, use our advice to ensure you are safeguarding correctly during Covid19.

Read advice here >
Safeguarding Advice

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.

Find out more >
DBS Checks

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers and those who engage the services of volunteers to make safer recruitment decisions.

Find out more >
Anti-Bullying Leaflet

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

Read the leaflet >
Our Safeguarding Policies

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

Read the policies >
Additional Vulnerabilities

Every adult working with young and at-risk people in sport knows how important safeguarding is.

Read the report >