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Child Protection & Safeguarding

The safety and welfare of young people is of paramount importance to parents, and is a priority for Active Norfolk. Active Norfolk takes a proactive approach to the implementation of policies and procedures relating to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people in sport.

We also acknowledge the importance of education and training of all individuals in working with this group. As a result of this we provide regular Safeguarding and Protecting Children training across the county for coaches, activity leaders and volunteers. In addition to this we also deliver Time to Listen training for club welfare officers. Full details regarding all Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Time to Listen courses can be found by clicking here.

Below is the Active Norfolk's Safeguarding Policy, which you may download. This may be used with guidance to develop a Child Protection Policy for your club. If you wish to find child protection policies for specific sports please follow the link to the National Governing Bodies page and select your sport.

Above right: Video shows children describing how the behaviour of parents and spectators deteriorates when they play competitive sport. They talk about the negative impact this has on them. They then describe and promote positive behaviour.

Child Protection Officer

Download a copy of the role description of the Designated Child Protection Officer below. If you have any enquiries relating to this role, or require any advice on matters relating to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people then please contact the officer using the contact details provided.

Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) launched a website to provide people with more accessible and interactive information on safeguarding children in sport.

Example of Codes of Conduct

Below are examples of codes of ethics and conduct for coaches, children's code of conduct and for those working with young people and vulnerable adults. Please feel free to adapt and use for your own club.

Reporting a Concern

While following the steps outlined in the Reporting a Concern flowchart it is necessary to complete a concern reporting form in as much detail as possible. Below is a blank Concern Reporting form to show the details needed before it can be passed to the Designated Child Protection Officer.

Procedures for Reporting a Concern

Please find below the flow-chart which details the processes to be followed by an Active Norfolk employee or volunteer when reporting a concern for a child or young person. This may be used for reference by your club or organisation when formalising your own procedures.

  • Procedures For Reporting A Concern (MS Word, 101 Kb)
  • Sample Incident Record Form (MS Word, 48 Kb)

    When reporting an incident regarding concerns for a child it is important to record all facts accurately and fairly.

    Please find here an example of an incident report form which may be adapted for use by your club or organisation.

  • Whistle-Blowing Policy (MS Word, 36 Kb)
  • Self-disclosure form (MS Word, 28 Kb)

    Before any individual is appointed to work with young people, it can be considered good-practice to ensure they complete a self-disclosure form. This form should elicit details of any previous convictions, or if the individual is known to Social Services or any other reason why they may not be suitable to work with young people.

  • Transporting Children (MS Word, 31 Kb)

    These guidelines can be used to make sure that all correct legal standards are adhered to and that a child is safe at all times.

  • Active Norfolk Social Networking Policy February 2016 (MS Word, 18 Kb)