Safeguarding Children and Young People

Safeguarding & Protecting Children and Young People in Sport

Welcome to the Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People Resource Section.



Get Berkshire Active (GBA) is committed to working in partnership with organisations delivering sport and physical activity within the County, to promote and deliver best practice when working with children, young people and adults. All children and adults are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in sport and physical activity in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment. GBA and its partners have a duty of care to safeguard all children and adults involved in sport and physical activity from harm. All children, adults and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.  GBA recognises that it is not appropriate to operate combined policies regarding the safeguarding of children and of adults, due to the vast differences in legal and statutory requirements. Therefore, the information on this page only applies to the safeguarding of children and young people. 

Guides and Resources


A Guide for Children and Young People - When young people take part in sport they have the right to have fun and stay safe...don't let anyone spoil it!

A Guide for Parents and Carers - With so many leisure activities to choose from in a local community, this guide will help you to choose activities that your children will enjoy and where they will be safe from potential harm.

A Guide for Deaf and Disabled Children and Young People - Includes resources to help you in putting extra measures to safeguard vulnerable children with higher needs. 


A Guide for Talented/ Elite Athletes- This guide looks at the physical and emotional impact on talented/ elite athletes and signs of an unhealthy athlete-coach relationship.  


A Guide to LGBT- A great resource with information on how to support lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender young people in sport. 


A Guide to Anti-Bullying-  Here is a link to a variety of resources to combat bullying, whether this occurs within sport or off the playing field.   


A Guide to Online Safety- These forms of digital media and communication can provide great benefits. However, they can also pose potential safeguarding risks to children and young people.


A Guide to Photography-  This guidance will help you ensure you're taking all necessary steps to protect children and young people from the inappropriate use of their images in resources and media publications, on the internet and elsewhere. 


A Guide to Managing Challenging Behaviour-  click here for practical guidelines for managing challenging behaviour from children and young people. 


A Guide to Writing Code of Conduct for Parents, Children and Staff-   Each code has been written with the intended audience in mind using age and role appropriate language and example behaviours. 


A Guide to Safe Sports Events, Activities and CompetitionsA comprehensive review on how to keep volunteers, officials and coaches safe as well as the players participating. This includes children and young people representing their local club, school, county and county events. 


A Guide for Sports Clubs and Organisations  - This leaflet provides sports clubs and organisations with information and guidance on how to adopt good sports practice and ensure that the safety of children and young people is paramount.

A Guide for Coaches, Leaders & Officials - By the very nature if their involvement with children and young people , the sports workforce may find themselves in a position where they observe inappropriate or uncharacteristic behaviour, see evidence of harm or receive reports of harm to participants in their care. This leaflet will support all members of the sports workforce by providing information and guidance on good sports practice.

 If you have any feedback on these leaflets or further questions relating to Safeguarding in Sport please contact James Craggs on 01628 472851 or e-mail


Safeguarding Courses and Workshops


To book onto a Safeguarding course, please  click here to view our up and coming workshops. To book onto the new NSPCC Child protection in sport course please click here


Tools and Templates

The safeguarding and protection of children and young people is of up-most importance for sports clubs who cater for these participants. There is a wide range of support, tools and templates on offer which sports clubs and community organisations can use to review and develop minimum standards for the safeguarding and protection of club members.

Get Berkshire Active are committed to ensuring all our programmes are operated in a safe manner, with safeguarding embedded throughout the organisation. To view our staff structure including those with a lead on safeguarding please click here.

This section includes:


-GBA Code of Ethics 

-Appendix A- Information Sharing and Confidentiality
-Appendix B- Monitoring and evaluating the Policy
-Appendix C- Safer recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
-Appendix D- Safeguarding Contacts, Support and Advice services
-Appendix E- Recognising Abuse and Poor practice
-Appendix F- How to respond to a Safeguarding concern
-Appendix G- Reporting Process diagram
-Appendix H- Incident report form
-Appendix I- Electronic Communication policy
-Appendix J- Guidelines on Social Networking Services and Social Media
-Appendix K- Photography policy

-Appendix L - Adult Safeguarding Policy

Other Useful Links

Reading Voluntary Action DBS Guide - The purpose of this guide is to help voluntary organisations to; Implement changes in their organisations to comply with the requirements of the legislation, identify which volunteer and paid posts require the post holder to be checked, at what level and for which workforce i.e. children or adults and find additional sources of guidance and help.