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Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Adults at Risk

Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity is committed to making sport and physical activity a safer place for all to participate in.

Our policies are intended to raise awareness and support those working in sport and physical activity giving them the knowledge of what they need to do to protect all involved in sport and physical activity and to minimise avoidable risks.

We have worked closely with the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) to ensure that Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity has the necessary standards in place. Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity believes that every child and adult who takes part in sport and physical activity has the right to be protected from abuse and to take part in sport and physical activity without risk of harm.

We will do this by:

  • Helping to create a safe sporting environment for all, and protect them from harm
  • Provide guidance to help those involved in sport and physical activity to make informed decisions
  • Promote good practice and challenge practice this is harmful to children and adults.

Download the full Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

Oxfordshire Sport & Physical Activity Safeguarding Adults at Risk Policy

This policy is currently in development. For reference please visit the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board or The Ann Craft Trust for more information.

Who is Responsible for Safeguarding Children and Adults?

It is the responsibility of every adult and young person working in sport and physical activity to ensure every engagement with children and adults is to the highest professional standard no matter what organisation or whether on a paid or voluntary basis. UK legislation identifies that children and adults at risk particularly during certain activities, are at a greater risk of harm, so this policy set outs guidance and procedures to reduce the risk.

Safeguarding Values

  • Empowerment - Presumption of person led decisions and informed consent by the individual or their parent/guardian.
  • Protection - Support and representation for those in greatest need.
  • Prevention - It is better to take action before harm occurs. This includes safer recruitment practices, codes of conduct, sharing best practice and appropriate training.
  • Proportionality – Proportionate and least intrusive response appropriate to the risk presented.
  • Partnership - Local solutions through services working with their communities. Communities have a part to play in preventing, detecting and reporting neglect and abuse.
  • Accountability - Accountability and transparency in delivering safeguarding.

The Role of Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children engaged in sporting and physical activity locally. It aims to contribute to safeguarding children by:

  • Meeting the requirements of the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport http://www.thecpsu.org.uk
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when core staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes for children and vulnerable adults
  • Working with partners to establish and implement agreed, consistent minimum safeguarding standards for sport and physical activity locally
  • Requiring those individuals or organisations that are funded to provide any service for children and vulnerable adults to effectively address safeguarding requirements
  • Maximising its influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within its wider partnership role and relationships.

Who does the Policy apply to?

It is acknowledged that individual partners may have their own safeguarding policies and procedures. However these policies may not all meet the highest standards and reflect current legislation.

In situations where multiple polices may apply the Partnership Check and Challenge Tool will be undertaken to confirm which policy applies in which situation.

The Government has asked Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson to lead a review into the Duty of Care sport has towards participants. The aim is to develop a comprehensive plan for how government and the whole sporting system can more effectively look after people who take part in grassroots sport and people who perform at the elite level, including those on a talent pathway.

This call for evidence will gather information from people who are or have been involved in sport and from members of the public. The review team is interested in views and experiences of what works well and how current systems could be improved.

At a grassroots sport level:

  • the prevention and management of brain injuries, catastrophic injuries and other medical issues
  • safeguarding of young people and adults

At an elite sport level:

  • the experience of entering and leaving talent pathways
  • the prevention and management of brain injuries, catastrophic injuries and other medical issues
  • the mental health support offered to sport participants
  • the representation of athletes' interests within sport governance
  • the support provided to people on talent pathways to help them gain a formal education
  • safeguarding of young people and adults

To respond, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/sport-duty-of-care-review-call-for-evidence