Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. It is about people and organisations working together to prevent and stop both the risks and experience of abuse or neglect, while at the same time making sure that the adult’s wellbeing is promoted”.
(Care Act 2014)

We take and treat safeguarding adults at risk with the same importance as children. This means making sure that adults at risk are protected from abuse. An adult at risk is an individual who is aged 18+, or someone who is in need of community care services because of one of the following:

  • Mental disability
  • Physical disability
  • Learning disability
  • Age
  • Illness
  • Frailty

Or an individual who may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation

The Herts Sports Partnership has its own Safeguarding Adults at Risk policy which you may refer to for further information. If you feel there is a potential issue regarding an adult at risk, please refer to our reporting a concern page. Our courses and workshops page details upcoming safeguarding and first aid workshops.

Are you a sports organisation working with adults at risk?

The Ann Craft Trust is a national charity which aims to minimise the risk of abuse of disabled children and adults at risk. They are working to ensure sport and physical activity is a safe environment for everyone.

Helpfully, the Ann Craft Trust have produced a number of guidance documents for organisations that work in sport and physical activity that can help us all to protect adults at risk. Take a look at their resources below:

Safeguarding adults at risk essentials guide
Resource pack
Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures template for sports clubs

For monthly safeguarding sport and activity updates from Ann Craft Trust, please sign up here.

You can also listen to the ‘Club Natters’ podcast for information about various aspects of safeguarding within sports clubs.