Safe use of changing facilities

Last updated: 20 May 2022 Topics: Safe use of changing facilities

This briefing on the safe use of changing facilities (PDF) provides guidance on how to safeguard children and young people when they are using sports changing facilities. It includes recommended levels of adult supervision and examples of changing-room policies.

Author: NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU)
Published: 2022


  • introduction
  • type of facility
  • supervision in the changing facility
  • who should supervise?
  • parents as supervisors
  • unsupervised children in sport or leisure facilities
  • parents' (carers') responsibilities
  • facility operators' responsibilities
  • third-party hirers
  • mixed gender teams
  • transgender and non-binary children
Download the briefing (PDF)

Further information

For more information about unaccompanied children and other safeguarding issues relating to leisure centres, see our Sport and leisure facilities topic page.

We also have guidance on minimising the risks of mobile phones and cameras in changing rooms and showers and responding to concerns about photography.

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