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The safety and welfare of everyone involved in sport and physical activity is of paramount importance, particularly where young people and adults at risk are concerned. Active Norfolk therefore takes a proactive approach to the implementation of policies and procedures relating to the safeguarding and protection of everyone involved in sport.

We also acknowledge the importance of education and training all individuals working with children and adults at risk, as well as the importance of making sure those wanting to take part in sport and physical activity are protected.

As a result of this we provide regular Safeguarding training across the county for coaches, activity leaders and volunteers. We also commission a range of disability and mental health awareness courses for instructors, coaches and anyone involved in the delivery of sports & physical activity, to equip people with the tools to deal with issues relating to the above.

By using the icons above, you can view key documents relating to Safeguarding practices. Scroll down the page to view more specific information on these issues.

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Active Norfolk Safeguarding

Ann Craft Trust

The Ann Craft Trust (ACT) is a national charity which exists to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk.

Their website has a wide range of safeguarding resources for organisations such as sports and activity clubs, groups and bodies and information including:

Safeguarding Children

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.

Lead safeguarding officer - Job role template

Child Protection in Sport Unit

The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) provides expert safeguarding and child protection advice, and can help sports organisations develop and implement responses, policies and procedures, systems and structures for safeguarding.

Click on the logo at the top of this page or the title above to visit their website.

CPSU information and resources during the coronavirus outbreak

We know that not all children are safe from abuse and neglect at home. Teachers, sports coaches and youth leaders see children every week, and develop relationships that mean they can spot when a child may be at risk which is essential to a child receiving the right support and protection from statutory agencies. These safeguards have been removed and there is an increased risks for children to be abused and neglected with the closure of schools and sports clubs. I would encourage all sports to promote Childline by encouraging use of the Childline logo and links Tel: 0800 11 11

Childline is for children only and is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Important update: Because of the coronavirus, Childline have had to make some changes to how Childline works. For now, you can only speak to a Childline counsellor online or on the phone from 9am – midnight.

Childline also has information online about dealing with

NSPCC Helpline

If you're worried about a young person, you can call the NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri/9am-6pm weekends) or email any time.

Online coaching

We have published some guidance for the sport and physical activity sector here:

UK Coaching virtual classroom for Safeguarding & Protecting Children

UK Coaching has launched a response to the disruptive impact of the pandemic by creating an Online Classroom to replace the existing Safeguarding & Protecting Children face-to-face workshop while the current restrictions on face to face training continue. That way, when life returns to normal, coaches will be fully equipped to maintain a safe and fun environment for all our children and young people. The interim virtual training – which has the full support of the Child Protection in Sport Unit – allows delegates to ask questions in a safe environment facilitated by a qualified safeguarding tutor. It also provides the opportunity to discuss specific safeguarding issues that arise during the training.

Finally – please remember that CPSU are still here. If you would like to discuss any aspects of safeguarding with us at this time please contact us either through your CPSU link or the main email address

Explore good practice

Reporting a Concern

While following the steps outlined in the Reporting a Concern flowcharts it is necessary to complete a concern reporting form in as much detail as possible. Below is a link to 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

The following link to 3 CPSU safeguarding reporting-procedure flowcharts provide guidance for organisations on reporting concerns for the following situations:

  • The behaviour of an organisation's staff member or volunteer (for example, allegations about a coach or officer's behaviour toward a child)
  • The behaviour of another organisation's staff member or volunteer (such as allegations reported about an individual working for a partner organisation)
  • Concerns about children and young people arising out of sport (at home, school or within the community)

Sample Incident Report Form

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

Download a CPSU template for an incident reporting form

Transporting Children

The CPSU highlights best practice for adults when transporting children and young people to and from activities.

Click here for to see their best practice

Social Networking Policy

Safer in Sport

The Safer in Sport Programme has been developed between Active Norfolk and the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board. We have developed a pack that provides advice, information and training on all aspects around safeguarding children, child protection, policies and procedures.

Click on the link below to find out more and to register for the programme for just £30 per year.


Lead Safeguarding Officer & Adults at Risk Lead - Ellen Vanlint

Ellen Vanlint

Ellen Vanlint

Sports Development Officer

  • Safeguarding lead
  • Disability sport
  • On The Move
  • This Girl Can
  • Sport for Change
  • Volunteering
  • Locality Support Officer - Norwich
01603 731566

Coaching Safeguarding Lead - Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts

Sports Development Officer

  • Coaching lead
  • NGB liaison
  • Locality Support Officer - West Norfolk
01603 679257
07901 588270

Children and Young People Safeguarding Lead - Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson

Children and Young People Project Officer - Education

  • Project lead – School Games
  • PE & Sport Premium
01603 228964