Supervising children and young people's sport and activities

Last updated: 30 Nov 2021 Topics: Supervision ratio

This briefing offers guidance on appropriate staffing and adult to child ratio when planning and running sports activities. Supervision ratios are part of an organisation's duty of care to safeguard children and young people. 

Author: NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit
Published: 2021


  • why are supervision ratios important?
  • key considerations when making ratio decisions
  • recommended minimum supervision ratios
  • toilet supervision
  • travelling ratios
  • overnight stays
  • supervising during downtime between activities
  • young people as supervisors
  • parents as supervisors
Download the CPSU briefing (PDF)