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 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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