Safeguarding self-assessment tool

For independent and community sport and physical activity providers

Is your group, club or organisation doing everything it can to keep children and young people safe in sport? Our self-assessment tool will take you through the Introduction to safeguarding for independent and community sport and physical activity providers. There are 9 sections, which will help you assess what you do well and what you still need to do.

Whether your sport or physical activity club is independent and community based, run as a business or not-for-profit, or affiliated to a national governing body (NGB), using this tool will support you to safeguard the children and young people in your care.

If you're affiliated to an organisation, we recommend you use our standard self-assessment tool. Note that your governing body (NGB) may stipulate that you comply with sport-specific safeguarding arrangements. They may already be working with the CPSU to implement the more comprehensive Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport.

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Assess the risks >

Areas covered:
  • Your contact with children and young people
  • Children and young people’s needs
  • What you already do well
  • Possible risks and how you manage them
  • 0/4

Identify safeguarding leaders >

Areas covered:
  • Identifying a lead for safeguarding development
  • The role of the safeguarding lead
  • The safeguarding lead's suitability for the role
  • Safeguarding presence at management level
  • Communicating safeguarding information
  • Access to support, training and guidance
  • 0/6

Get support >

Areas covered:
  • External support to develop safeguarding
  • Parents’ and young people’s involvement in safeguarding
  • 0/2

Write a safeguarding policy statement >

Areas covered:
  • Safeguarding policy statement
  • Stakeholders’ understanding of your policy statement
  • Promotion and accessibility of your safeguarding policy statement
  • 0/3

Write procedures >

Areas covered:
  • Procedures for when safeguarding concerns arise
  • Promotion and accessibility of your safeguarding procedures
  • Having the right procedures in place
  • 0/3

Select the right staff and volunteers >

Areas covered:
  • Recruitment processes to assess suitable candidates
  • Determining candidates' suitability for the role
  • Clear job description
  • Interview and pre-appointment process
  • Responding to any concerns during recruitment
  • 0/5

Get informed and stay up to date >

Areas covered:
  • Induction for new starters
  • Communicating updates and information
  • Training staff and volunteers
  • Access to training for the safeguarding lead
  • 0/4

Ensure arrangements are effective >

Areas covered:
  • Reviewing and updating safeguarding arrangements
  • Reviewing safeguarding at management level
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of safeguards
  • 0/3