Don't delay, report concerns
It is not your responsibility to decide whether abuse or bullying is taking, or has taken place. It is your responsibility to report concerns in order that the appropriate agencies can make enquiries and take any necessary action to protect a child or young person.
It can be difficult, the discovery that someone, especially a child, is or may be at risk from abuse will raise strong emotions and concerns. You should never delay reporting your concerns, and allegations made by children or young people or adults, particularly those that are vulnerable, must never be dismissed.
Knowing when to report concerns about an adult is a little more complicated due to their right to withhold consent for you to share information about them but in most cases it will still be appropriate to share your concerns with others. The information below sets out simple steps of how to report a concern.
- Reporting Procedure For Children (MS Word, 205 Kb)
- Reporting Procedure For Adults (MS Word, 172 Kb)
- Incident Report Form (MS Word, 142 Kb)
- Concerns About Staff And Volunteers (Whistleblowing) (MS Word, 148 Kb)
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity
Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity has Designated Safeguarding Officers. If you are worried about the safety of child or vulnerable adult taking part in an activity run by the Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity, or in another sporting environment, contact us using the details below or call the main office line on 01865 252676.
Alternatively there are a number of other organisations that can give support.