Advice to Help You Safeguard in Sport, PE and Active Lifestyles

Providing help and support to safeguard participants.

We’re committed to promoting the safety and welfare of all participants engaged in organised sport, PE and active lifestyles across the county.

We aim to contribute to safeguarding by:

  • Embedding safeguarding in the organised sport and active lifestyle landscape across Devon.
  • Implementing and demonstrating best safeguarding practice when its staff, volunteers or others are providing services, activities and programmes for participants of any age.
  • Working with its partners to establish and implement agreed, consistent minimum safeguarding standards for organised sport/active lifestyle initiatives locally.
  • Requiring those individuals or organisations that it funds or commissions to provide any services for participants to effectively address safeguarding requirements.
  • Maximising its influence to promote safeguarding practice and principles within its wider partnership roles and relationships.

How to Raise a Safeguarding Concern?

Please take a look at this flow diagram on how to report a safeguarding concern. Active Devon’s Lead Safeguarding Officer Aaron Harverson will support you through the process. Aaron’s contact details are:

Mobile: 07511 701577

Exeter Office: 01392 925150

If you are unable to contact Aaron, or you feel like you cannot speak to the Lead Safeguarding Officer then please contact one of our Deputy Safeguarding Officers. Their contact details can be found on the flow diagram – see link above.

How Can Sport Safeguard Children?

Take a look at this short video ‘How Can Sport Safeguard Children‘ produced by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

Safeguarding Advice for Young People

You can contact us about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. We’re here to support you any way we can.

Call Aaron Harverson, our Lead Safeguarding Officer on 07511 701577 or our Exeter office on 01392 925150.

We might not be here 24:7 but you can always call Childline on 0800 1111. Calls to them are free from landlines & mobiles in the UK. And they won’t show up on your phone bill. Even if you don’t have credit on your mobile phone you can still call them.

Take a look at Childline’s sport and exercise information for advice on issues relating to sport.

Remember – Don’t let anyone spoil the fun. Sport IS fun – it lets you make new friends, try out new activities and amaze yourself with what you can do.

But for a few children, the fun is spoiled by adults who do or say things that hurt or frighten them. What these children are experiencing may be abuse. And they may feel they have no one to talk to about it or that no one will listen to them or believe what they say.
Is something worrying you? Don’t keep it to yourself, tell an adult you trust as soon as possible.

Safeguarding Advice for Adults at Risk

The Ann Craft Trust is a leading authority in safeguarding adults from abuse. For further information go to the Ann Craft Trust website.

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Audible Information

The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) offer helpful advice and guidance on a range of safeguarding in sport topics from safer recruitment to anti-bullying.

Here are two short podcasts to listen to on DBS Checks in Sport