Develop and improve standards

Embedding safeguarding standards

Maintaining and embedding safeguarding across organisations

Have you already achieved the Safeguarding Standards?

The Framework for maintaining and embedding safeguarding for children in and through sport (PDF) helps sports organisations to maintain these standards of safeguarding and to embed safeguarding practices throughout their organisation.

Why the Framework is important for your organisation

The Framework forms part of Sport England-funded national governing bodies (NGBs) and Active Partnerships (previously County Sports Partnerships) funding conditions. But any sporting organisation can use it to maintain and embed safeguarding within their organisation. 

The Framework builds on the national safeguarding standards to ensure that organisations are safe and supportive to enable children to enjoy and achieve in sport. 

The Framework also supports organisations to evaluate the impact of safeguards and further develop these to meet the challenges of a changing landscape, including new legislation and developing technology.

Stages of the Framework

Stage 1 – Self Assessment Tool

This tool enables organisations to assess their progress in relation to safeguarding. The outcome of this assessment will influence and inform the organisation's safeguarding implementation, action planning and prioritisation. 

The CPSU has produced two versions of this tool, one with and one without guidance, as well as a quick-start guide to help you apply this tool to your organisation:

Stage 2 – Impact assessment

This stage leads to a more in-depth assessment of how effectively good practice has become embedded throughout an organisation and specifically whether it has filtered through to a local delivery level.

For advice on how to start assessing the effectiveness of your organisation's safeguarding practices, view our webinar:

Stage 3 – Development of a safeguarding implementation plan

In response to the impact assessment, organisations will produce implementation plans (action plans) to address areas in need of development and to build upon strengths.

Stage 4 – Monitoring and evaluation

NGBs and Active Partnerships will develop their own monitoring and evaluation systems but the CPSU will also develop resources and place them on the website to assist organisations.

In addition to internal monitoring and evaluation systems, NGBs and Active Partnerships will report their progress to Sport England.

An annual meeting between the organisation and the CPSU will take place, to review progress and support Sport England's funding decisions for each organisation.

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FAQs about the Framework

Answers to common questions about the Safeguarding Framework

Is the Sports Safeguarding Framework adding more to our responsibilities?

No. This work is already an integral part of work for sports organisations and an expectation of Sport England funding.

How does the Safeguarding Framework tie in with funding expectations from Sport England?

Sport England require all funded national governing bodies (NGBs) and Active Partnerships (Previously County Sports Partnerships) who have met the Safeguarding Standards to engage in maintaining and embedding these through the Safeguarding Framework.

The CPSU will liaise with Sport England regarding organisations' progress. 

Are the four Self Assessment Tool (SAT) stages levels of achievement?

There is no expectation that an organisation will get to 'Continually Improving' status. However, organisations should strive towards this goal.

Is the Self Assessment Tool (SAT) the same as the Safeguarding Framework?

The SAT is provided to support the first stage of the Framework. The Framework's overall purpose is to ensure that all sports organisations maintain and embed safeguarding.

All sports organisations that have passed the Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport are expected to self-assess their safeguarding progress and practice, and the SAT is a useful tool to assist with this.

The pilot organisations are moving towards looking at local impact assessments of safeguarding to test how this is working in practice.

Does every part of the Self Assessment Tool (SAT) apply to me?

The SAT covers all aspects of an organisation's safeguarding responsibilities – as defined in the Standards process and the government's 'Working Together' guidance 2010.

There will be more immediately relevant areas than those within the SAT to work on, depending upon your organisation, as all have different structures. If in doubt, contact the CPSU for advice.

Do we have to use the Self Assessment Tool (SAT) indicators?

The indicators are optional – use them only if they are helpful to you in self-assessing your safeguarding position. You may well identify more meaningful indicators.

What does an implementation plan look like?

This is a plan that breaks down what actions have been agreed and how, when and by whom these will be achieved. The plan should build in regular reviews to ensure that it is acted on and updated routinely.

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