New leisure facilities safeguarding checklist

Last updated: 12 May 2021 Topics: Safeguarding children Working with our partners Type: News article

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has recently worked in partnership with the Ann Craft Trust (ACT) to develop a safeguarding checklist for the leisure sector.

The aim of the checklist is to support the leisure industry to meet their safeguarding responsibilities for both children and adults. The resource has been launched in partnership with Community Leisure UK, the members’ association that specialises in charitable trusts delivering public leisure and culture services across the UK.

The resource is primarily for use by leisure facilities, including independent, single site operators, leisure trusts, local authority facilities and private leisure operators. It could also be used as a guide for other sectors that provide services to children and adults, such as organisations managing cultural activities and events.

The purpose of the checklist is to provide a framework for facilities to identify the range of safeguards that need to be in place.

Laura Whapham, CPSU Senior Consultant, who has worked on the development of the checklist said:

”All children and adults have the right to take part in sport and physical activity safely, free from abuse and neglect. Completing the checklist will help to ensure that facilities are safer spaces for children and adults to take part in sport and physical activity.”

Working with Laura on the checklist, Nicola Dean, ACT Safeguarding Adults in Sport Manager, said:

”It is positive that ACT, CPSU and Community Leisure have collaborated to create this resource. Partnership working is central to safeguarding children and adults in sport and activity. By undertaking the checklist, facilities are playing their part in creating safer cultures.”