Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Active Suffolk believes that the welfare and safety of children, young people and adults at risk is of paramount importance, and that all children, young people and adults at risk have the right to protection from abuse and to take part in sport without risk of harm.

Active Suffolk was awarded the Advanced Level Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in 2009, having previously achieved the Preliminary Standard in 2004 and Intermediate Standard in 2007.

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Children and Young People

If you are a child or young person and have any concerns about something that happened to you or to someone you know here is some useful information for you.
Advice for children and young people


Parents or Carers

If you are a parent or carer and want to know how you can be sure that the sports club your child belongs to is safe here is some useful advice.


All sports clubs should adopt a child protection policy, which outlines what they will do to ensure the safety and welfare of junior members. The CPSU have lots of support and guidance for clubs about putting safeguarding standards in place. Club Safeguarding information

Guidance on Behaviour

It is important that everyone within your club knows what is or is not acceptable conduct. Codes of Conduct can help clarify to your members what you expect and what is appropriate. Active Suffolk has produced three codes of conduct for:

  • coaches,
  • players
  • parents/carers

Please download the codes of conduct from the list below.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is part of the NSPCC. They can offer you and your club guidance and advice on child protection issues, from implementing policies to managing difficult behaviour with members of your club. For more information go to


The DBS was formed in December 2012 when the CRB and ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) were merged. Since then criminal records checks have been undertaken by the DBS, which issues DBS certificates in place of the original CRB disclosures. In this respect there is no difference between a DBS and CRB certificate.

Individuals deemed to be in regulated activity are eligible for an enhanced DBS check with a check against the barred list (for that activity).

Those who fulfil all criteria for regulated activity but are supervised are only being eligible for an enhanced DBS check without a barred list check.

An enhanced DBS check provides criminal information from PNC (the Police National Computer.) PNC including concerning cautions, convictions, and intelligence information as deemed relevant to their application by the Police.

The barred list check looks at the people who have been barred from working in regulated activity with adults, children or both and makes sure that your applicant is not among them. People may be barred for non-criminal behaviour.

A barred list check also indicates a barring notification. The majority of people with criminal histories that you may feel makes them unsuitable to work with children may not be legally barred from doing so.

Regulated activity is defined as, work which an individual who is barred from working with vulnerable groups including children must not do.

In summary, this includes:

  • Unsupervised activities: teaching, training, instructing, caring for or supervising children, or providing advice/ guidance on well-being, or driving a vehicle only for children.
  • Work being carried out regularly (at least weekly), frequently (four times a month or more) or overnight (between 2am and 6am) or work in a limited range of establishments ('specified places'), with opportunity for contact: e.g. schools, children's homes, and childcare premises.

It is important for employers of staff or volunteers to determine which roles are considered to be regulated activity. It is an offence for a barred person to seek to work in regulated activity, and for an employer knowingly to employ a barred person in regulated activity. The government plans to introduce aspects of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 that will legally require employers to have established whether an individual is barred before placing them in regulated activity.

Guidance about the DBS process can be found on the DBS website.

For further information go to

Active Suffolk has representation on the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership. The Suffolk SCB can support you by providing guidance and information through leaflets, newsletters, latest policies and procedures, training and seminar details, and more. Click here for more information.

Important Links

Customer First
0808 800 4005

Local Authority Designated Officers
Can be contacted via email on
or using the LADO central telephone number 0300 123 2044 for advice and consultation.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
0116 366 5580

01379 871091

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership
08456 066067

NSPCC Helpline
0808 800 5000

Activity Alliance
01509 227750

Sporting Equals
0121 777 1375

Gymnastics Helpline

A dedicated helpline has been set up by the NSPCC and The British Athletes Commission. Anyone with concerns about bullying or abuse in gymnastics can speak to a professional counsellor. Call 0800 056 0566 or email

18 or under?
Childline offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help
0800 1111

For any assistance with Safeguarding and Protecting Children please contact James Payne or Tom Wright via the information below:

James Payne

James Payne

Senior Development Officer, CYP and Safeguarding Lead

Active Suffolk

C/O East Suffolk Council, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT
01394 444773
07775 816875
Megan Felton

Megan Felton

Project Officer (Community Sport & Physical Activity), Deputy Safeguarding Lead with Children and Young People

Active Suffolk

C/O East Suffolk Council, East Suffolk House, Riduna Park, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT
01394 444774
07824 821554