Safeguarding in sport

Safeguarding in Sport is a partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland. Children 1st work with governing bodies of sport, local authority sports/leisure departments, leisure trusts and sports clubs.

The aim of Safeguarding in Sport is to help ensure children stay safe and have fun while taking part in sport. We provide advice, consultancy, resources and training for any sports organisation working with children.

Sport can have a very positive influence on children, especially when activities are led by people who place their welfare first.

All adults working with children should know how to respond to a child who may turn to them for help. Our training and resources are developed to build people’s knowledge and confidence in this area.

Contact details

Website: CHILDREN 1st - Safeguarding in Sport
Telephone: 0141 419 1150 


Download the 10 Steps to Safeguarding Children - The 10 Steps to Safeguard Children in Sport is a collection of guidelines, good practice, practical advice, template procedures and policies – all tools which can help keep children safe in sport.

• are for any club, sports governing body or organisation providing activities for children under 18 years
• can be used to look at what you already have in place, confirm the positives and identify gaps
• can help a new member of staff or volunteer taking on the role of a child protection officer to understand the range of responsibilities, procedures and guidelines

The 10 Steps are inclusive of the minimum operating requirements for protecting children in sport. They also take account of updated child protection guidance, practice and legislation.


Safeguarding Training (Including Safeguarding and Protecting Children & In Safe Hands courses (For Child Protection Officers) - we have listings of workshops taking place across the country.  Please see also Children 1st for more information on training.


Date published: 13 January 2017
Date updated: 13 January 2017


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