Nicola Dean, safeguarding adults in sport manager at the Ann Craft Trust (ACT), tells us a little bit about her work in safeguarding adults in sport.
ACT has been working towards the safeguarding and protection of disabled children and adults at risk since 1992. It's based within the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham.
About the ACT
The ACT's work includes:
- information and advice
- training and consultancy
- seminars, workshops and conferences
- research, publications and books
- serious case reviews and safeguarding adult reviews
Its work and research have encompassed a range of issues, from the financial abuse of people with learning disabilities to inclusive support for parents with learning disabilities.
ACT has been interested in the safeguarding of adults in sport for some years. CEO Deborah Kitson is a founding member of the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Steering Group, and in 2015 Sport England awarded ACT the funding to recruit a manager to take forward that work.
Nicola talked about the hopes she has for the future of safeguarding adults in sport:
“The CPSU are internationally recognised for the work that they have undertaken regarding the safeguarding of children and young people; the advances that organisations have made as a result are admirable. My hope is that over coming years ACT will be in a similar position and be linked with the safeguarding of adults in sport.”
ACT is currently developing a plan for the work going forward that will hopefully see the team grow as they progress the safeguarding adults in sport agenda.