The Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of everyone and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice. We recognise that children and some adults are at increased risk and that their protection is of paramount importance.
We are committed to working in partnership with organisations delivering sport within Hertfordshire, to promote and deliver best practice when working with children, young people and adults alike. All children and adults are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in sport in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment. The Herts Sports Partnership and its partners have a duty of care to safeguard all children and adults involved in sport from harm. All children, adults at risk and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.
The Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership recognises that there is difficulty in combining policies regarding the safeguarding of children and of adults at risk, due to the vast differences in legal and statutory requirements. As such, we have separate policies for both groups to ensure that safeguards are put in place to keep children and adults safe and to prevent harm from occurring when participating in sport and physical activity. These policies and procedures are widely promoted and are mandatory for everyone involved in Herts Sports Partnership.
Dealing with a concern
If you have cause for concern regarding Safeguarding and Protecting Children or Adults at Risk, please follow the steps below:
- React calmly and avoid emotional attachment
- Take the person who contacted you seriously and keep an open mind
- Listen to all information carefully
- Do not promise confidentiality
- Make a written record: date, time, place, etc.
- Report or seek advice on a sports related concern:
If the sport or activity has a National Governing Body, refer to their safeguarding procedures about who to report the concern to (see NGB contacts here).
- If there is no NGB or you cannot contact them, you can seek support from a number of sources below:
Contacts for child cases
Hertfordshire Children’s Services: 0300 123 4043 (including out of hours)
Police 101 (or in an emergency call 999)
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
Contacts for adult cases
Hertfordshire Adult Social Care: 0300 123 4042 (24 hours a day)
Ann Craft Trust: 0808 800 5000
Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 8088141 (UK Helpline)
Immediately report the matter to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, or the deputy in your club or organisation.
Here you will find two documents that demonstrate how you should go about reporting a concern and filling out the form.
It is important to undertake appropriate safeguarding training to understand the needs of those you are working with, help spot the signs of abuse and know how to report any concerns correctly. There is a range of training available both directly through the Herts Sports Partnership and external agencies. The most appropriate training will depend on the audience you work with. You can explore available training options below:
- HSP Training Page
- The Child Protection in Sport Safeguarding Training Page
- UK Coaching Safeguarding Training Page
- The Ann Craft Trust Safeguarding Adults in Sport Training Page
- HSCP and HSAB Training and Resources Page
If you are unable to find safeguarding training to meet your needs, please contact email@example.com who would be happy to assist you in finding the correct training.