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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 vulnerable adults 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 vulnerable adults, 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, 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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Get in touch

Active Norfolk Safeguarding

Ann Craft Trust

Click on the link below to visit the Ann Craft Trust website for more information about the charity, which exists to minimise the risk of abuse for disabled children and adults at risk.

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.

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.

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

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

  • 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.

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 & Vulnerable Adults Lead - Ellen Vanlint

Ellen Vanlint

Ellen Vanlint

Sports Development Officer

I've been working for Active Norfolk since 2008. Previously I worked on the Big Lottery and Space for Sports and Arts scheme for Norfolk County Council.

In my current I role I am responsible for all a number of sports development programmes including; all things disability sport, volunteering, a number of under represented groups programmes including our 'This Girl Can in Norfolk' campaign and our BME development work. I enjoy my role as I get to work with a wide range of organisations including Schools, Clubs, Businesses, Charities, National Governing Bodies and many more. No 2 days are ever the same in this job!

I am also the lead Safeguarding Officer for Active Norfolk.

Outside of work I play hockey for North Norfolk Ladies HC as well as badminton and tennis. Travel is my other love and always enjoy planning the next trip away!

01603 731 566

Coaching Safeguarding Lead - Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts

Aaron Roberts

Sports Development Officer

I joined Active Norfolk in 2011 working on a temporary basis, lending a hand on various projects. I moved into the Rural Sports Development Officer role working on the Village Games in the same year, before being appointed into my current Sports Development officer role in January 2015.

My current role is made up of two strands: as Lead Coaching Officer I work closely with key partners such as National Governing Bodies, Local Authorities, School Games Organisers, Coaching Providers, Clubs and Coaches to establish local structures to support the delivery of effective coach development. My National Governing Bodies liaison role sees me working closely with the Sports Development Manager to support National Governing Bodies in the delivery of their Whole Sport Plans in Norfolk.

Outside of work most of my spare time is taken up lending my hand to many sports, especially football and cricket.

01603 731 568

Children and Young People Safeguarding Lead - Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson

Jo Thompson

Children and Young People Development Manager - Education

I joined the Active Norfolk team in October 2016 having worked for many years in Norwich primary schools delivering and developing PE, and working for School Sports Partnerships as a project officer delivering events, Change4Life projects and developing leadership and volunteering opportunities.

My role is to lead on the delivery of the Norfolk School Games, which is a framework that aims to provide new sporting competition opportunities and experiences for all school children in our county. I also work to support Norfolk schools with maximising their PE & Sport Premium funding. Both areas are close to my heart and enable me to continue to encourage physical activity for young people to improve.

01603 732381