Everyone (children, young people, and adults) has the right to have fun and to be safe and free from harm when participating in physical activity and sport. Active Cheshire is committed to ensuring that physical activity, sport and recreation across Cheshire & Warrington is both safe and inclusive.
Active Cheshire’s Role
Active Cheshire promotes the safety and welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults engaged in sporting activities locally. We aim to contribute to safeguarding by implementing and demonstrating best practice when staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes. To minimise the possibility of abuse to those people at risk (or potential risk) in sporting environments, Active Cheshire is committed to working in partnership with all agencies to ensure that information and training opportunities are available for coaches, staff and volunteers to guide them in best practice when working with all children, young people and vulnerable adults.
To find out more about how we do this, download the following documents:
The information on this page should help whatever your role or perspective, but if there is anything you need to know, or that you think we’ve missed, please feel free to contact us.
Safeguarding is an essential part of ensuring everyone can enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity, but can often seem very complex and at times overwhelming. To better understand the principles of safeguarding, and what support and guidance is available, visit the Child Protection in Sport Unit or the Ann Craft Trust websites.
What to do if you need help?
If you have concerns that a child, young person, or vulnerable adult may be in immediate danger, you should contact the police immediately by calling 999 / 101 (non-emergency)
Alternatively, you can seek advice and guidance from any of the contacts or organisations listed on this page.
If you are an adult concerned about yourself, a friend, or relative, please go to the Ann Craft Trust advice page.
If you are looking for guidance as a sports club, organisation, or provider, please use the various links and information on this page, or get in touch with us directly.
Active Cheshire have two designated points of contact for Safeguarding enquiries. Feel free to contact Adam or Sarah directly, or for general enquiries, any member of the team will be happy to help.
Other useful contacts are listed below:
Local Safeguarding Boards
- Cheshire East Council
- Cheshire West and Chester Council
- Warrington Borough Council
There is a whole range of useful documents, toolkits, resources, and informative videos available to help you enjoy sport and physical activity in a safe environment.
Codes of Conduct
Everyone plays a part in making sure participation is fun and safe. There are practical solutions to making sure behaviours of all involved are appropriate and create the right environment; if you do not already have codes of conduct in place, why not start with these Code of Conduct templates below:
We’ve attained Advanced Standard Status
Active Cheshire has achieved the Advanced Standard of the National Standards for Safeguarding & Protecting Children; a benchmark of good practice for sports organisations developed by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit. We are committed to promoting good practice in the care of children and young people in sport.
The standards help organisations know what they need to do to protect children involved in sport and to minimise avoidable risks. When implemented fully they should provide parents with increased confidence and peace of mind. Most important of all, they should help create safer environments for children, where they can enjoy and get the very best from their involvement in sport. The standards are:
- Help create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and protect them from harm
- Provide a benchmark to assist those involved in sport to make informed decisions
- Promote good practice and challenge practice that is harmful to children.
Active Cheshire works with Local Authorities, NGBs of Sport, Local Safeguarding Childrens Boards and Educational Services to ensure that safeguards against harm are in place for physical and sports activities, and signposts any referrals.
Active Cheshire is an inclusive organisation committed to promoting and ensuring equality of access and opportunity of our services. Therefore should you need this in another format or language please do not hesitate to get in touch.