Safeguarding Children in Sport

In November last year the scandal surrounding allegations of historical child sex abuse in football brought safeguarding children in sport to national prominence. At the same time, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson was leading an independent review into the Duty of Care sport has towards participants at both the elite & grassroots level. The Government is yet to respond.

Join us on 22 June for an up to date brief on the latest developments in safeguarding children in sport. We will examine existing Government policy & guidance, how to implement effective policies & procedure, and current good practice from a variety of different perspectives.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Colette Eden, Lead Safeguarding Officer, Rugby Football League
  • Leonora Borg, Safeguarding Consultant 
  • Keith Oddy, Indpendent Child Protection Officer, Amateur Swimming Association
  • Freddie Collier, Membership Services, Archery GB
  • Maria Strauss, Senior Associate, Farrer & Co 
  • Dr Mike Hartill, Reader in the Sociology of Sport, Edge Hill University (Event Chair)

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Understanding your duties under "Working together to safeguard children" guidance
  • The roles of governing bodies, county sports partnerships, LSCBs & sports clubs
  • Latest legal & policy developments
  • Implementing effective policies & procedures
  • Improving partnership working & supporting others develop their approach
  • Current good practice
  • Supporting children when allegations are made

The issues will be split into sessions entitled:

  • Guidance, Policy & Legal Update
  • Implementing the Right Policies & Procedures
  • Safeguarding Children in Sport: Good Practice

Who Should Attend?

Members of Local Safeguarding Children Boards; governing bodies; professional & voluntary sports clubs; County Sports Partnerships; representative groups; & anyone else working with children in sport or with safeguarding responsibilities..

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 22nd June 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Professional Sport Clubs & Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Voluntary Sports Clubs, Public Sector & Not For Profit  | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

Background Quote

“I know how seriously the Government are taking this issue - I have been party to many meetings and discussions in recent weeks - but I hope that the Minister will confirm that the Government are doing everything they can to close the loopholes that exist in sport around criminal record checks and reporting, and that they are looking at wider funded and non-funded sports which want to have safeguarding policies in place.”

- Baroness Grey-Thompson, Chair, Sport Duty of Care Review, Dec 2016

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