Responding to information about possible risks to children

Last updated: 23 Apr 2021 Topics: Case management

This briefing paper will help sports clubs and organisations risk assess any concerns around the membership of people with criminal records. It highlights what needs to be done to ensure the decisions they make are fair and safe.

There are a number of different sources that sports organisations may receive information about an individual from, aside from the Disclosure and Barring Service. This paper takes a look at these and offers advice on processes that should be followed.  

Author: NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
Published: 2021


  • introduction
  • sources of concern
  • risk assess each individual situation
  • can sports organisations prevent individuals from attending sports events?

Requesting information from the police

If you would like to request information from the police to assist in completing a national governing body risk assessment, please contact us for a sample letter that you can adapt to suit your request.

Download the briefing (PDF)