A new Code for Sports Governance published

Last updated: 12 Dec 2016 Topics: Working with our partners Safeguarding children Type: News article

A new Code for Sports Governance was launched on 31 October 2016. It sets out good-governance requirements for sports bodies to receive public funding.

A Code for Sports Governance (PDF), announced as part of the Government’s strategy for sport in December 2015 and developed by UK Sport and Sport England, will become mandatory in April 2017.

There will be a tiered approach, so that the requirements that must be met will depend on the size of the organisation and the level of funding it receives.

The 5 principles

Safeguarding children requires good governance supported by an organisational culture, with a commitment to high standards of behaviour underpinned by a clear value base.

The Code includes 5 principles, which cover the crucial elements of what makes a well-run organisation:

  • structure
  • people
  • communication
  • standards
  • conduct

In England, the Working together to safeguard children guidance already affords statutory status for all organisations providing services to children, including sports bodies.

The CPSU’s Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport reflects statutory requirements and government guidance, and are referenced in the Code.

Future developments

The Code will be supported by other guidance and resources that are currently being developed. There'll be clear links with the report of the Duty of Care review, the comprehensive independent review of safety and welfare in sport – including safeguarding. This is due for publication in the near future.

The Sport Safeguarding Partnership in England and the Sport Safeguarding Strategy Group in Wales will be producing responses to the Code. They'll also support the development of revised and new guidance to support its implementation.

Organisational culture with regard to safeguarding is, in our view, the single biggest area of risk to young athletes and to the integrity of sport and should have a higher profile for the boards of sports bodies.

Further information

UK Sport has published the following articles and resources related to this topic:

Help and advice from the CPSU

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