Safeguarding in Sport


Taking part in a sport is a great way for young people to keep fit, develop their physical skills, increase their confidence and make friends. 

Lots of people, including volunteers and paid staff, coach and and encourage children and young people, but occasionally incidents of grooming and abuse occur.

See what different sports have been doing to keep children and young people safe.

Safeguarding in Cricket

Safeguarding in Football

Safeguarding in Gymnastics

Safeguarding in Netball  

Safeguarding in Rugby

Safeguarding in Swimming

Safeguarding in Tennis

Reporting Concerns

If you have any concerns about an adult working with a child who may have;

  • behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;

  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; 

  • behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children. Report any concern to a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) by email or telephone the LADO central telephone number 0300 123 2044


Child Protection in Sport Unit

The NSPCC's website  Child Protection in Sport Unit has advice on safeguarding children in sport.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales.

The Unit works with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) to minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.


NSPCC Football Helpline

The NSPCC helpline 0800 023 2642, is for anyone who has experienced sexual abuse as a young footballer and operates 24 hours a day.