International Safeguards for Adults in Sport

Find out more about the eight International Safeguards for Adults in Sport.

Each Safeguard comes with a description, an explanation of why it is important for safeguarding, and a list of criteria for success. A summary of each Safeguard follows, and you can download the full description of all 8 Safeguards and the success criteria in different languages below.

The 8 Safeguards: Summary

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1 – A safeguarding policy

Any organisation providing or with responsibility for sports activities for adults, over the age of 18, should have a safeguarding adults policy.

This is a statement of intent that demonstrates a commitment to safeguard adults involved in sport from harm, and provides the framework within which procedures are developed.

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2 – A system to respond to safeguarding concerns

Procedures describe the operational processes required to implement organisational policy and provide clear step-by-step guidance on what to do in different circumstances. They clarify roles and responsibilities, and lines of communication. Effective systems and structures are required which help to process any reports of misconduct or abuse or concerns and support all stakeholders within the organisation.

You should build on existing systems and understand your role with regards to relevant national systems and legislation. Your policy should clarify the reporting processes for all adults.

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3 – Advice and support

Arrangements are made to provide essential information and support to those responsible for safeguarding adults. Adults are advised on where to access help and support.

You have a duty to ensure advice and support is in place to help people to play their part in safeguarding adults such that they know who they can turn to for help

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4 – Minimising risk to adults

Measures to assess and minimise the risks to adults of non-accidental violence or harm.

Some people, who work or seek to work in sport in a paid or voluntary capacity, pose a risk to adults. Adults are also at risk when placed in unsuitable places or asked to participate in unsuitable activities, including over-training and through unrealistic expectations being placed on them. It is possible to minimise these risks by putting safeguards in place.

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5 – Guidelines on behaviour

Codes of conduct describe what an acceptable standard of behaviour is and promote current best practice.

Adult sport should be carried out in a safe, positive, and encouraging atmosphere. Standards of behaviour set a benchmark of what is acceptable for all.

6 – Recruiting, training and communicating

Everyone in contact with adults has a role to play in their safety and well-being. They can only do so confidently and effectively if they are aware, have the necessary understanding of, and the opportunity to develop, practice and implement key skills.

Organisations providing sporting activities for adults have a responsibility to provide training and development opportunities for staff and volunteers. Organisations also have the responsibility to recruit individuals who will treat others with respect and dignity and not engage in any form of behaviour that exploits, abuses, harasses, or neglects an individual.

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7 – Working with partners

Several sports organisations have both a strategic and a delivery role in relation to children and young people. Where organisational partnership, membership, funding or commissioning relationships exist or develop with other organisations, the organisation should use its influence to promote the implementation of safeguarding measures. The organisation should provide or signpost support and resources in relation to implementing adequate safeguarding measures. 

The organisation should actively promote the adoption of the International Safeguards for All in Sport [i.e., both the child and adult versions].

8 – Monitoring and evaluation

The on-going monitoring of compliance and effectiveness, involving all relevant groups. Organisations need to know whether safeguarding is effective and where improvements and adaptations are needed or recognise patterns of risk.

The 8 Safeguards: Detail

View the 8 Safeguards in detail. More languages to follow soon.

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