All children and young people have 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.

The role of Active Cheshire

Active Cheshire promotes the safety and welfare of children and young people engaged in sporting activities locally. Active Cheshire aims to contribute to safeguarding children and young people by implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes for children and young people. To minimise the possibility of abuse to those people at 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.

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.

For further information about Safeguarding in Sport please contact: or call 01606 330 212 to speak to our Safeguarding lead, Adam Norris or Safeguarding Deputy, SarahTilling although all members of the Active Cheshire team are able to assist if you call.

We can also provide this documentation in an alternative format or language if required.

To find out more about the Child Protection in Sport Unit, go to:

Related Files

Please see the Active Cheshire Safeguarding Policy for up to date information and contact details:

The Safeguarding implementation plan outlines how Active Cheshire intend to support safeguarding through advocacy, education, and scrutiny.

Active Cheshire Safeguarding Plan 2018-19

Active Cheshire Safeguarding Adults Policy & Procedures

Active Cheshire Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures