Defining supervision and regulated activity

Last updated: 02 Feb 2017 Topics: Safe recruitment

Guidance designed to support sports organisations' understanding of regulated activity and in particular how to define supervision in their unique environments.

Produced in 2013 by the CPSU in partnership with the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA), Defining supervision and regulated activity – sport and recreation sector guidance (PDF) was updated in January 2017.*

This guidance was written to support national and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK for two reasons:

  • to help the sector interpret the statutory guidance released by the Government on how to define supervision
  • to ensure that all organisations in the sector are applying the same rationale when deciding if a role is supervised or not

Summary of contents

  • What is the significance of defining supervision?
      • background to concept of ‘Regulated Activity’ 
      • legal requirements 
      • the criteria for assessing if an individual is in ‘Regulated Activity’ 
      • flow chart to determine if an individual is in ‘Regulated Activity’ 
      • the importance of clarifying level of ‘supervision’ 
      • the level of information on DBS checks 
  • Government guidance on supervision
  • Sport sector guidance on supervision
  • Steps for determining level of supervision
      1. Will there be an individual in ‘Regulated Activity’ present to supervise the individual? 
      2. Will the ‘supervision’ be regular and day to day? 
      3. Will the supervision be ‘reasonable in all circumstances to ensure the protection of children’? 
      4. Is the individual able to build up a relationship of trust with the children? 
      5. Make sure you have other safeguards in place 
  • Sport examples and case studies

* Update: Page 14 of this document was updated in January 2017 to ensure that advice about DBS eligibility for mixed (adult and child) activities now reflects current DBS guidance.

Further information and resources

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Government must close loopholes in sport and beyond – 26 Jan 2017

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  • 16 and 17 year olds aren’t fully covered by consent laws meant to protect them
  • people who are unsuitable to work with children can do so without a criminal records check

See the NSPCC website for further details and for how to get involved in the Trust to Lead campaign or follow #TrustToLead on Twitter.

Download the guidance (PDF)